2012 News Archive


Monday, December 24, 2012

RAGE OF ANGELS - DREAMWORLD - ONE TO WATCH FOR IN 2013:
Escape Music will release the debut Rage Of Angels album in Europe on February 22, 2013. For fans of powerful classic AOR with an edge - this is one to watch!

Rage of Angels is the brainchild of original Ten keyboard player Ged Rylands,who played on their first three studio albums and the double live CD 'Never Say Goodbye'. During his time in Ten, Ged took part in several very successful tours in Japan as well as playing on the highly praised 1996 debut album from Valentine singer Hugo, which was co-produced by Ten vocalist Gary Hughes.
After leaving Ten, Ged went on to play with Contagious and guitar wizard Danny Danzi, and then after a ten year break raising his daughter alone, he returned to play on albums by Omega, Scar For Life and Lover Under Cover, before joining Tyketto in 2012 as a touring member of the band.
However, during that ten year break Ged continued writing, the results of which can now be heard with Rage of Angels.

During the initial stages of the album, Ged hooked up with Los Angeles based singer David Reed Watson. As Ged explains, "David sent my girlfriend a Happy Birthday mp3 with him singing accapella on it. I even turned off the TV and said "play that again". I made my girlfriend message him and I just saw so much talent in his voice that I asked him if he would like record some stuff for the album. We needed to get some help production-wise, so Bruce (Mee) put me in touch with Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper/solo) who took David under his wing and got a superb vocal performance from someone whom we will be hearing lots more from."
It was while hanging out with Bruce at the 2011 Z Rock Festival that the suggestion was made about getting some other 'name' singers into the projectto enhance the finished product. Friends such as Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) and Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) were contacted, and happily agreed to take part.
When the album was taken to Escape Music, label owner Khalil Turk used his excellent connections to bring in further name vocalists such as Matti Alfonzetti, Ralph Scheepers and Robert Hart.
But it's not just in the vocal department that the album positively exudes class; Ged has brought a similar level of talent in for the guitarists, with former Ten colleague Vinny Burns supplying a solo that Rylands describes as "very much in the vein of 'Loneliest Place in the World' from our Ten days."

Another ex-Ten guitarist, Neil Fraser, provides the majority of the playing on the album, but Millenium guitarist and fan favourite Ralph Santolla also makes an appearance. Explains Ged, "Me and Vinny were posting stuff on Facebook one day and Ralph messaged me and said, 'I challenge Vinny Burns to a guitar duel on your album!' How could I not refuse? So I wrote 'Requiem for the Forgotten Soldier' just so we could all have a mighty show-off guitar battle, which Martin Kronlund and Xander Demos even managed to get involved in!" Martin Kronlund also provided the magnificent mix.

The band name 'Rage of Angels' comes from a lyric written by Bruce Mee that Ged was impressed enough with to write the accompanying music, and will be heard on the band's follow up release in 2014. But for now, the adventure is just beginning and be assured that this release is one that will garner rave reviews from fans of hard melodic rock world-wide. Part Ten, part Harem Scarem, part Tyketto...all CLASS. FEEL THE RAGE in 2013!!


Ged Rylands: All guitars, keyboards and backing vocals
Additional Guitars: Martin Kronlud
Drums: Pera Johanssen
Bass: Michael Carlsson

1. Dreamworld.......vocals: Matti Alfonzetti (Impera, Red White and Blues, Jagged Edge), Lead guitar : Neil Fraser (Ten)
2. See You Walking By......vocals: Harry Hess (Harem Scarem, Lead guitar: Neil Fraser (Ten)
3. Through It All.......vocals: Robert Hart (Bad Company), Lead guitar: Neil Fraser (Ten)
4. Over and Over*....vocals: Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Lead guitar: Neil Fraser (Ten)
5. Prelude for the Gods .......... (instrumental)
6. Falling.........Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Lead guitar: Neil Fraser (Ten)
7. The Beating of Your Heart**.....Vocals: David Reed Watson, lead guitar: Tommy Denander)
8. Spinnin Wheel......vocals: Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Lead guitar: Neil Fraser (Ten)
9. Requiem for the Forgotten Soldier....lead guitars: Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Obituary, Iced Earth) Martin Kronlud (Lover Under Cover, Reece Kronlud), Vinny Burns ( Ten, Asia, Ultravox), Xander Demos.
10. We Live, We Breathe, We Die ..... vocals: Robert Hart ( Bad Company), lead guitar: Vinny Burns (Ten, Asia, Ultravox).

All songs written by Ged Rylands except * Rylands/ Vaughn, ** Rylands/Watson Produced by Ged Rylands and Martin Kronlud, Mixed by Martin Kronlud.
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music / www.Escape-Music.com.


Coming from Escape Music in 2013:

Edge: Heaven Knows.
Rage Of Angels: Dreamworld.
Final Frontier: with Rob Moratti and Mladin.
N.O.W: featuring once again on lead vocals: Philip Bardowell; Produced by Lars Chriss.
Steve Overland: third solo album; Produced by Christian Wolf and Mike Slamer; Mixed By Mike Slamer.
Snowfall new band with Lee Small (Shy)
Ozone: featuring Chris Ousey and Steve Overland with Mike Slamer, and Tommy Denander on guitars and Mike Slamer on production.
Diesel: with Robert Hart (Bad Company) and Jim Kirkpatrick (FM) style Foreigner meet Bad Co.
Robert Hart: both albums re-issue Cry and Whisper and Robert Hart with un-released tracks.
Coldspell - TBA.

FIREWORKS 55 AVAILABLE NOW:
Fireworks #55 continues to bring you the finest from the world of rock, all wrapped up in glorious glossy Technicolor. This time, we have a terrific article with Jason Bonham, explaining what it's like playing for supergroup Black Country Communion and steeping into his father's shoes performing with Led Zeppelin, which was captured on the spectacular 'Celebration Day' release. We have guitar heroes galore with the likes of Mr Big's Paul Gilbert and Toto's axeman Steve Lukather talking about their solo releases. 3 Doors Down tell us about their greatest hits, while Chris Jericho is keen to tell us about Fozzy's new album and UK shows.
On top of that, the legendary voice of Survivor, Jimi Jamison, talks about his superb new record while the likes of Halestorm, Anberlin & Daughtry add their considerable firepower to a stellar line up. It's amazing we had room for Dare, an album preview with melodic rock stars W.E.T. and a chat with Lacuna Coil. There's loads of other stuff too, with over 100 new albums reviewed, plus our live review of the sell out Firefest 2012 along with the latest reissues and DVDs. Happy Christmas!
Available from ...
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Here in the Fireworks Magazine Mini Store
Direct from Fireworks HQ by emailing fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com, paying via Paypal. Send 6 (Inc P&P) for UK, 8.50 (inc P&P) for Europe, and 9.50 (inc P&P) for USA/Rest of World.

Fireworks 54 and the new Issue 55 will both be available via digital download here ASAP.


VOTE EDEN'S CURSE FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL:
Eden's Curse have been selected from 1500 bands to feature in the top 100 bands that go forward for two rounds of fan votes to appear at the world famous Sweden Rock festival in June 2013. Come on Melodic Rockers and show your support for one of our our and click on the following link, tick Eden's Curse's name, scroll to the bottom and click submit!
WebLink: www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?lg=2&pg=82.

SHOWCASE UPDATED AND HOLIDAY WISHES:
3 new CD Showcases added today - all due out via Frontiers Records January 25 - Pink Cream 69, Jorn and Snakecharmer. Check them out now.

That's it from me for another year - possible the fastest ever as far as I can tell. The time just flew by and here we are. So a very Merry Christmas to all and a big thank you to all that have reached out, emailed, donated, joined MRX, posted on the boards or just read the site pages as they are updated. May you all have a safe and happy holiday season.
I'll be back sometime in January...still working out family holiday plans, but probably around the 10th-14th January.

Thanks for reading in 2012 - a big BIG 2013 to come with MelodicRockDirect, the brand new MelodicRock.com website and MelodicRock Fest 3 hopefully in late September!

And 2013 will also be the year of The Wombat!


Friday, December 21, 2012

GET READY FOR STEVE AUGERI TO ROCK A 'RICH MAN'S WORLD!':
Brand New Classic Melodic Rock From Journey's Former Lead Vocalist and Current Solo Sensation!

Direct from a string of successful live performances throughout the world including South America, Asia, Europe and the United States, former Journey lead vocalist and current classic melodic rock solo sensation Steve Augeri returns to the studio to release two new original songs Rich Man's World, a song for today with the power to resonate with everyday people, and Home This Christmas Time, a personal call to help those in need this holiday season, especially for his fellow Staten Islanders who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

An electric, and eclectic, anthem for our times, 'Rich Man's World' features an uptempo, classic rock n' roll groove combined with the background vocal contributions of Marge Raymond (Aerosmith, ELO and Flame). As the follow-up to the recently released and AOR-friendly Hours of the Day, featuring the lead guitar stylings of Brooke St. James (Tyketto), both songs join previous releases 'Photograph' (2011) and 'Riverside' (2010) as well-received additions to Steve's solo catalog. All four singles are available online from iTunes, Amazon and most other digital platforms and services, including ReverbNation and Spotify.
'Home This Christmas Time' will be a limited, Spotify-only release to call attention to three charities, hand-picked by Steve for the 2012 holiday season: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, The North Shore Animal League and the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation.

The dual release of 'Rich Man's World' and 'Home This Christmas Time' sets the stage for his forthcoming 20 European city engagement beginning in 2013 with Rock Meets Classic. The highly anticipated show features world-renowned artists such as Paul Rogers, Bonnie Tyler, Eric Bazilian and Chris Thompson and support by The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague.
Be sure to listen to Steve's last releases for 2012 and look for The Steve Augeri Band as they continue to perform throughout the United States in 2013 with members Adam Holland, Mike Morales, Craig Pullman and Gerard Zappa with Sally Blandon and Erica Iozzo.

Classic Melodic Rock With An Edge - Drawing on a range of diverse musical influences to deliver a unique take on the genre of classic melodic rock, Steve Augeri is an American rock singer best known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey from 1998 to 2006. Steve recorded three albums during a successful eight-year tenure that brought the world's most accomplished melodic rock group back to the stage for multiple world tours to millions of fans.
Before joining Journey, Steve was a founding member of Tall Stories. The group released their eponymous debut in 1992. After the band disbanded in 1996, Steve joined the group Tyketto, with whom he recorded the album Shine.
WebLink: www.steveaugeri.com.

xx

FM TO FEATURE ON CLASSIC ROCK RADIO:
Coming up this Saturday, 22nd December on Classic Rock Radio Kevin McDempster catches up with FM vocalist Steve Overland and drummer Pete Jupp during their tour with Thin Lizzy for a chat about all things FM. Tune in at www.classicrockradio.eu 9am-midday UK-time or if you are having a Saturday morning lie-in the show is repeated 9pm-midnight.


WILD FRONTIER ISSUES BEST OF CD:
News from German rockers Wild Frontier. Mario Erdman checks in: "Today I can proudly announce the we release the brand new Wild Frontier album called 1994 - 2012 on December 21. The Album contains 18 songs from all different Wild Frontier decades and one brand new song, which we recorded this summer."
More info at: wildfrontier.de.


EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE NEW FATAL SMILE VIDEO:
Make sure to check in at www.rocknytt.net tonite December 21 at 21.00 CET to see the exclusive world premiere of the new Fatal Smile video "My Private Hell". www.fatalsmile.com.

FRENCH ROCKERS BLACK RAIN ON NATIONAL TV:
French Glamsters BlackRain are creating great and growing interest in their home country with their success on the France Has a New Talent weekly show, broadcast on M6 national TV. After the surprise of their selection (they are the only rock band to be featured), they put together two impressive appearances performing brand new songs Blast Me Up and Death Stereo in front of several million viewers and have achieved a massive wave of votes from this new audience which has opened the doors to the final. This ultimate (and hopefully triumphant) step which will take place on December 26 on front of an expected TV audience of at least 5 million people! Watch BlackRain TV performances HERE & HERE.
From early 2012, BlackRain began work on writing a large selection of new songs, before entering in studio in Paris with legendary American producer Jack Douglas, well known for his work with such artists as Aerosmith, Cheap Trick Alice Cooper, The New York Dolls and even John Lennon
"My friends laughed when I said I was going to Paris to work with a French Rock Band. Boy will they be surprised!!!" said Jack Douglas, before his departure to France.

At the moment, together with Warren Huart as engineer, Jack is finalizing the songs of It begins, the future new album from BlackRain. Those mixing sessions are taking place in Los Angeles at the Swing House Studios, where he worked with Aerosmith on Music from another Dimension , their latest album.
Naturally, as the result of the popular TV show is yet to be played out, the band doesn't know how they will end 2012 But they already know that 2013 will start with 2 shows (with Koritni and Million Dollar Reload as special guests) on January 18 in Lille and on January 19 in Paris, at Le Bataclan, the same place where they successfully supported Steel Panther a few weeks ago.
For a few weeks now, a full concert of BlackRain, filmed in December 2011 at the Alhambra in Paris, is available as video stream on HERE, where over 60 000 peoples watched it.
WebLink: www.blackrain.fr.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with the following new features:
- Aviator - II (Unreleased Album)
- Chris Andrew - Hit And Run (1986)
- Paradise - Do Or Die (1992)
- Roxanne - Burning Through The Night (1988)
- Treat - Demos
Join MRX Now.

ONE LAST UPDATE TO COME:
One last update to go folks! The world didn't end, so I'll be back Monday with some new CD Showcases, one last news update and whatever else needs doing!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

NEW SWEDISH MELODIC ROCK SENSATION DIAMOND DAWN DEBUT ALBUM ON FRONTIERS IN FEBRUARY:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Diamond Dawn's debut album Overdrive on February 22 in Europe and February 26 in North America.
Hailing from Goteborg, Sweden Diamond Dawn are easily one of the most promising Melodic Rock bands to come out from the Scandinavian underground scene. They came to the attention of the fans thanks to the digital release of the song "Standing as One", which created a very nice buzz around the band's abilities.
In a world where rock n roll seems to lack a certain positive nerve, the band stands for a vision of conveying energy and excitement through their pompous and melodic, yet hard rocking songs. With a clear vision of how melodic rock is supposed to be delivered, Diamond Dawn is ready to bring back the excitement to the music!
"Our intention is to have a good time, and make people wanna have a good time!" says guitarist Olle Lindahl. "We wanted to write some great music and release a rockin' debut album; we definitely think that we managed to capture the positive energy that Diamond Dawn is all about. "Overdrive" is the album that we would want to go out and buy and tell the world about!"

Musically the band has not changed the coordinates that were possible to envision in "Standing As One" (a re-recorded version of the song will also appear on the new album), however, as Olle tells, "We're not doing what we do or sound like we do for the purpose of keeping something old alive. We're a bunch of guys that love to play together and when we do, the sound and output comes naturally. Our music is very melodic and pompous rock with a strong positive nerve. Each band member comes from a different musical background and that is what definitely makes the sound what it is. There is no way to control that as long as you do what you feel like!"
So get the party started and enjoy "Overdrive" which will probably end up being on many people's best of list of 2013 even if the album will be released almost... at the beginning of the year!

Anticipated by the digital release of the awesome 1st single Take Me Higher on January 17, Overdrive final tracklisting will include the following eleven tracks: Into Overdrive; Take Me Higher; Crying; Standing As One; California Rush; Indestructible; Turn It Up; The Hunter; Give It All; Don't Walk Away; Powergames.
Turn it up loud and enjoy a Take Me Higher sample following this link: youtu.be/vwaHGhbwI8Q.

Diamond Dawn: Olle Lindahl Guitar/backing vocals, Alexander Strandell Lead Vocals, Efraim Larsson Drums/backing vocals, Jhonny Gransson Guitar, Mikael Planefeldt Bass, Niklas Arkbro - Keyboards.
Weblink: www.facebook.com/DiamondDawnOfficial.

xxxx

REVIEWS!:
Those long awaited new reviews are all online today - the final instalment for reviews in 2012. You can now read through my thoughts on the following new titles: Lionville, Gene The Werewolf, A Perfect Day, Liberty & Justice, FM, Bon Jovi, Yngwie Malmsteen, Black Country Communion, Jimi Jamison, Kane Roberts, Y&T, Asia, Flying Colors, The Order, Fatal Smile, John Parr, Andy Rock, Jackyl, Fatal Smile, Fraze Gang, Cannon, David A Saylor, The Godz, Tragic Romance, Gypsy Rose, Kidd Blue, Creature, Rival Sons, Adrenaline Mob, Docker's Guild, Delta Goodrem, Mr. Big, Mr. Big Tribute, Eric Martin, Trail Of Murder, Pete Lesperance, Sven Larsson, F.E.A.S.T., Danger Zone and Wheels Of Fire!
Read The Reviews.

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL: "XTC" HD VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD:
As a special X-mas gift XTC, the first video from Love.Might.Kill's new album 2 Big 2 Fail is available for free download at: www.sindecademetal.com/LMK_XTC_HD.avi.
The bands second album "2 Big 2 Fail" was released on October, 19th in Europe via Massacre Records, on November, 07th in Japan via Hydrant Music and on November, 13th in the USA via eOne.
It contained the following tracks: 01. Save My Soul 02. XTC 03. Burn The Night 04. The One 05. Restless Heart 06. Home 07. The Great Escape 08. Too Big To Fail 09. We Fall 10. The Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain) 11. Alone 12. The Perfect Mistake 13. Feed The Rage (Japan Bonus).
The album was once again produced by Michael Ehre, engineered and recorded by Martin "Mattes" Pfeifer (Redhead Audio Studio) and Holger Thielbarger (East Frisian Studio) while Markus Teske was responsible for the mix and the mastering in his Bazement-Studios.
For further information please go to: www.lovemightkill.com.

RUSSELL ALLEN TO PRODUCE NEW SHAMAN ALBUM:
Russell Allen, vocalist of Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob, will be the producer of the new studio album of the Brazilian progressive/power metal band Shaman. The relationship between the North American musician and the band members begun with his participation on the new Shaman's videoclip, Nocturnal Human Side. Some video shootings happened in New York City, United States, when Allen and Shaman musicians were working together for some days.
"After the positive experience that was this video filming, it became clear for we all that we had to do more things together", says Shaman's vocalist, Thiago Bianchi. "The idea to have Russell as our producer came naturally. Since then we have been fun. Russell is an extremely spontaneous guy and his contribution have been a lesson of professionalism and musicality."
On pre-production phase, the new SHAMAN album still doesn't have a title defined. A release date will also be announced soon. In the meanwhile, the best sample of what is about to come is indeed the new videoclip, "Nocturnal Human Side".
Produced by the Brazilian famous director Alex Baptista with co-production by Fernando Quesada and Edson Cortez and co-direction by Thiago Bianchi and Juninho Carelli, "Nocturnal Human Side" videoclip also brings other special participations as the international top model and actress Renata Diffley and the famous photographer Antoine Verglas. Watch the video teaser of "Nocturnal Human Side" with a special statement by Russell Allen: youtu.be/so1VePsjdUg.
For Further Information: www.shamanofficial.com.br.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SOLEIL MOON "HERE I AM" (OFFICIAL VIDEOCLIP):
Soleil Moon "Here I Am" (Official Videoclip). Taken from the album On the Way To Everything available NOW on Frontiers Records.


ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE DEBUT NEW TRACK & VIDEO:
Los Angeles, California AOR/Prog rockers Asia Featuring John Payne are set to make the music industry stand up and listen with their first single release "Seasons Will Change" now available as a digital single on iTunes and other mainstream online media outlets. Co-written by John Payne and Erik Norlander, "Seasons Will Change" is the first track unveiled from the band's forthcoming album Americana, scheduled for release by Sony Music Japan in 2013. To promote the single, ASIA Featuring John Payne has released a promotional video for "Seasons Will Change": www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr6JDq6XX3o.

John Payne explains: "'Seasons Will Change' showcases elements of both vintage and modern rock music with notable characteristics of both the progressive and AOR genres, a tightrope that this band expertly walks with confidence and swagger. In an endless sea of bubblegum, disposable, three minute, computer driven music, we take our lead from the masters of the 1970s. In that time, bands released extended length singles separate from an album release. Epic songs like 'Hotel California,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Stairway to Heaven' still live with us today due to this strategy. It's time to lead and not follow. We've all waited long enough for a return to this classic approach."
Progressive rock aficionados will enjoy the layers of genuine analog synthesizers deployed by keyboard wizard Erik Norlander. Veteran Asia drummer Jay Schellen's dynamic drumming delivers confident power and subtlety. The dual guitar harmonies of six-string virtuosos Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria will delight classic rock fans. Long time fans will recognize John Payne's powerful vocals and evocative lyrics.

Asia Featuring John Payne has been touring North America since 2008 and playing to enthusiastic fans across the USA and from Canada down to Mexico. A high-powered spinoff of the original ASIA group formed in 1981, ASIA Featuring John Payne consists of John Payne (lead vocals, bass), Jay Schellen (drums), Erik Norlander (keyboards), Moni Scaria (guitar) and Jeff Kollman (guitar). While Payne, Schellen and Norlander have been working together since the band's inception, the current lineup with guitarists Scaria and Kollman was finalized just this year in 2012.
John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup Asia in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. With John Payne fronting the band, Asia released 8 stunning studio albums, several live albums, a live DVD, and toured the world extensively for 14 years.
In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as "Asia Featuring John Payne."

WebLinks: www.theasiaband.com / www.facebook.com/ASIA.featuring.John.Payne / itunes.apple.com/us/album/seasons-will-change/id586372718?i=586372803&uo=4.


ITUNES TO HOST NEW DEF LEPPARD ACOUSTIC DOWNLOAD:
Def Leppard, one of the UK's premier arena rock bands, have announced that they will be releasing a special medley of acoustic rock songs that featured during their 2012 live shows, exclusively on iTunes today.
The 7 minute medley includes snippets of: 'Where Does Love Go When It Dies,' 'Now,' 'When Love and Hate Collide,' 'Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad' and 'Two Steps Behind.'
"We decided to change the acoustic section of the set for the Rock Of Ages tour, and what we ended up with just grew into a really magical experience every night," says frontman Joe Elliott. "We all enjoyed doing it so much and it was so well received by our audience, we decided to do a studio recording of it. I think it complements our main body of work very well."
The release comes hot-on-the-heels of the band's announcement of a nine-show residency in Las Vegas. Titled 'VIVA Hysteria!', Def Leppard will take over The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to play their iconic album 'Hysteria' in full. The spring 2013 residency will kick off in March and run through mid-April. For more information please visit www.defleppard.com.

FIREFEST 2013 EARLY BIRD TICKETS SELL OUT IN 2 WEEKS!:
WOW!! What a response!! ALL 500 Firefest 2013 early-bird 3-Day tickets with access to acoustic show have now been SOLD! There will be no more acoustic show tickets available as from today (Wed Dec 19). Tickets bought to date will be sent out early January, to avoid the Christmas post.
Note: Anyone who has bought tickets but NOT Emailed us at: fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com with conformation AND address, please do so NOW.
Thanks again to everyone for such a magnificent response, especially this close to Christmas. Firefest 2013 looks well on the way to being another 3-day sell-out!!

JOHN MELLENCAMP'S 1987 MULTI-PLATINUM LONESOME JUBILEE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ON 'INTHESTUDIO':
Dallas, TX- December 18, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 25th anniversary of John Mellencamp's Lonesome Jubilee album. By the mid-'80s Mellencamp had established himself as a voice musically and socially in America with his 5X platinum Scarecrow album which highlighted the plight of the American family farmer, and his involvement in Farm Aid further demonstrated his commitment. The 1987 follow up Lonesome Jubilee would garner two Top 10 singles, "Paper and Fire" and "Cherry Bomb" and continue to broaden Mellencamp's commercial appeal and sound. But John Mellencamp brushes off the idea that he is some kind of authority for small town America. He explains to InTheStudio host Redbeard.
"The funniest thing to me is people think I'm the keeper of the small town. You know what I'm saying? (fans say) 'Wow, you really champion small town across America.' I wrote ONE song! And everybody thought,' This guy is really all about small towns. I'm not, really."
John Mellencamp Lonesome Jubilee-InTheStudio program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/john-mellencamp-lonesome-jubilee-25thanniversary.

ANTHRAX HEADLINES THE METAL ALLIANCE TOUR & PERFORMS "AMONG THE LIVING":
The Metal Alliance Tour is back for their 3rd ferocious year of wrecking heads. Festival organizers Dan Rozenblum and Steve Seabury of High River Entertainment are proud to announce and welcome Anthrax, the undisputed titans of metal, as their 2013 headliner. The band will be performing their fan favorite 1987 classic Among The Living in its entirety. The album was produced by Eddie Kramer and includes the tracks "Caught In A Mosh", "Indians" and "I am The Law". "Anthrax has always been one of my favorite bands, and to have them be part of our tour is beyond expression. This is surely going to be one for the history books!" States Rozenblum.
Sharing the stage each night and crushing heads on the Metal Alliance Tour will be San Francisco thrash legends Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail and a couple of additional bands will be announce at a later date. You can expect the tour to stay true to their roots on the decision of the additional bands.
The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across the United States starting in March and running through the month of April. "Holy crap am I so excited about this year's Metal Alliance Tour! It's been a great year and a half for us since Worship Music came out and to cap it off with a Grammy nomination. This is such a perfect lineup. To make this tour even more special, we will be playing our Among The Living record in its entirety. I can't wait to play Horror Of It All! Come on out and worship with us my friends. You do not want to miss this. USA on Hell one more time" comments Scott Ian about the bands involvement.
General Admission Tickets will be available on January 11. You miss this you miss it all. For more information please visit the Metal Alliance Tour website: www.MetalAllianceTour.com.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PLAYER TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN NEARLY 20 YEARS IN FEBRUARY:
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the return of classic pop rockers, Player. The band will release its first new album in nearly 20 years with Too Many Reasons due out in Europe on February 22 and in North America on February 26. Too Many Reasons features twelve brand new tracks, as well as a new acoustic version of the band's chart-topping smash hit, "Baby Come Back." Founding member/bassist Ronn Moss commented, "It's wonderful to have our new music out in the world again. Our sound, our vocals, are stronger than they've ever been. I also believe there's a huge market waiting for this kind of music, a market in which lyric and strong melody are still valued." Founding member Peter Beckett added, "I am very happy that Player is on the Frontiers Records label, it feels like we have found a home again. I am also thrilled with the way the CD turned out. There's a little bit of everything on there...rock, R&B, pop ballads...something for everyone." Please see below for the track listing for Too Many Reasons.

Player was formed in 1977 when Englishman Peter Beckett met J.C. Crowley at a Hollywood party. Beckett had come to the United States after the demise of his popular English band Paladin. The band was completed by Ronn and John Friesen and the four became the founding members. After many rehearsals and songwriting sessions, Player was born. In 1978, the band had an international number one hit with first single "Baby Come Back", which was co-written by Beckett and J.C. Crowley and sung by Beckett. The first album entitled simply Player went platinum and the band toured extensively, including support stints with Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Heart and Kenny Loggins, consistently playing to sold out arena audiences. Four albums followed spawning four more hit singles, including "This Time I'm In It For Love", which reached number eleven on Billboard's chart. Player "redux" consists of founding members Peter Beckett (guitars/lead vocals/keyboards) and Ronn Moss (bass/lead vocals).

Since the mid '80s, Player's Ronn Moss has also gained worldwide stardom with his other career: 25 years as Ridge Forrester, the male lead in the CBS television series "The Bold And The Beautiful," a role from which Moss recently elected to depart to allow him time to devote to Player and other film and TV roles. "B&B" consistently ranked as the most watched television series in the world, averaging more than 26 million viewers per day, and garnered more than 500,000 Twitter followers for Moss. He has also appeared in numerous feature films and television commercials, and took second place on the Italian version of "Dancing With The Stars".
Player's Peter Beckett has written hit songs for such artists as Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and most recently Vanessa Hudgens. He has numerous movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer, including "The Karate Kid", "Two of a Kind", "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure", "Major League", "St Elmo's Fire" (Grammy nomination), "Frankie and Johnny", "Rock Star", "Terminator 3", "Basic Instinct", "Beyond Borders", "Life or Something Like It", "Dirty Dancing 2", and "Transformers". From 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of Little River Band and has written several singles for them.

Too Many Reasons track listing: 1. Man On Fire 2. Precious 3. I Will 4. Tell Me 5. The Sins Of Yesterday 6. My Addiction 7. Too May Reasons 8. To The Extreme 9. The Words You Say 10. Life In Color 11. A Part Of Me 12. Nothin' Like You 13. Baby Come Back.
WebLinks: www.player-theband.com / www.frontiers.it / www.ronnmoss.com / www.facebook.com/PeterBeckett.player / www.facebook.com/ronnmoss1.


W.E.T. SINGLE AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE PURCHASE:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release today of W.E.T. brand new single Learn to Live Again which is available now on all digital platforms worldwide including iTunes, Amazon, Google and more.
The single is taken from the forthcoming studio album Rise Up due for release on February 22 in Europe and February 26 in North America.
W.E.T will perform an exclusive album launch show in which the band will showcase the songs from the forthcoming album on January 17 at the Debaser in Stockholm, Sweden.


TWENTY YEARS IN THE MAKING.ROXY BLUE RETURNS WITH 3 NEW RELEASES!:
In 1992, Hard Rock fans were hit broadside with a momentous hard rock album, entitled Want Some, that seemed to come out of nowhere. The band was Roxy Blue, and while they were relatively unknown outside of their hometown of Memphis, music industry insiders knew that there was something about this band that set them apart from all the pretty boy hair bands that were currently being signed on a daily basis. So much so that everyone wanted to work with Roxy Blue and be a part of their magic! When the smoke cleared, Motley Crue's management team was chosen to head the ship, Guns N' Roses Producer (Mike Clink) was chosen to produce their debut album, and Geffen Records was the label that would release it.
Word spread quickly that Roxy Blue was the hottest new band around and they became the darlings of the hard rock media. Management was gearing up to break Roxy Blue as 'The Next Big Thing'. With constant comparisons to Van Halen, Warrant, and even Motley Crue everyone was feeling the energy and momentum surrounding this band. The bands album, Want Some, immediately broke the Top 40 on Billboards AOR chart and was even reported to be the 'Most Spun Rock Record Of The Summer' by Record and Review Magazine. A tour with Babylon A.D. and Wildside kicked off the summer party while MTV constantly kept the bands videos in rotation on shows like the "Top Twenty Countdown", "Most Wanted", and" Headbangers Ball". The band was on a rocket-ride winning masses of fans in the process.
Just like a summer love affair, Roxy Blue was here and gone in the blink of an eye. It all came and went too quickly and fans were left wanting more! But something funny was going on in the music industry and a whole legion of hard rock hair-band fans were left scratching their heads as a genre they heavily supported was systematically being deconstructed And the band would be left holding the distinction of 'The Last Successful Hair Band Of All Time' according to the novel "The History Of Rock-n-Roll".
Where did it all go? How could a band with such a huge momentum and powerful live show and tons of fans all of a sudden be gone? The fans were definitely left Wanting Some More; and twenty years later that's what the fans are getting with the release of Want Some More, Stripped, and Live At Nightmoves all available through FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net).


FnA Records has formed an alliance with Roxy Blue to pick up where they left off. The best way to do this is to raid the vaults and pull out all the unreleased studio recordings, demos, b-sides, rarities, and live tracks recorded before and during the early Roxy Blue Days. The First album Want Some More can best be described as an extension of the classic Want Some album. Definitely not throw away tracks, the album is comprised of songs that could easily replace any track on the 1992 album. There are eleven solid never-before-heard tracks that will excite and titillate not only fans of Roxy Blue, but fans of good solid 80's style hard rock. Following the eleven tracks are three demos for "Love's Got A Hold On Me", "Times Are Changin'", and "Rock-A-Bye Baby", and a live version of "Rob The Cradle" all of which are fan favorites from the debut album.

The second release is an album called Stripped. Anyone who enjoyed the Unplugged Acoustic MTV type of shows will definitely enjoy this album. The majority of the tracks are all acoustic and in most cases in different tempos. Five of the thirteen tracks will be different versions of memorable tunes featured on the 1992 Want Some Album, while the remaining tracks will all be unheard tracks (stripped down and electric/wired up) from the bands vault. Tracks like "Merry Go Down", "Mississippi Moon", "Blind By Belief", "Cruisin" and many others will fill the long lost desire for more material from this band. Some tracks may even illicit a double take.but you'll only know that secret if you hear the album.

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The last album is a live album called Live At Nightmoves. This show was recorded just prior to the band leaving to Los Angeles to record their debut album. This was a sort've farewell and see you soon with a new album show for the fans that supported the band throughout the years. The cool thing about this live disc besides the energy and onstage banter between songs is that there are a handful of songs ("All Tied Up", "Outta Control", and "Way Down In Dixie") that were played during this show but were never recorded anywhere else period! Additionally, eight of the thirteen tracks were tunes that didn't even make it to the debut album.

FnA Records is proud to bring you these three albums available individually, as a three-pack (at a reduced price), and as autographed fan packs with a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic. However, as a present to the die-hard fans, anyone buying a three-pack (all 3 albums) prior to Christmas will receive a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic as well. First three titles available at www.fnarecords.net.
FnA Records is the home to many of the 80's favorite hard rock bands like: Tora Tora, Dirty Looks, Roxx Gang, Rock City Angels, Gypsy Rose, D'molls, The Godz, Wanted, Alleycat Scratch, Witch, Ruthless, Kidd Blue, St. Warren, Scarlet and many others.
For More Information about Roxy Blue or to interview the band, Please contact FNA Records: www.fnarecords.net.

EXCLUSIVE! Download a sampler of tunes from the Want Some More release now! Download - Roxy Blue.

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FREE ANGELINE EP DOWNLOAD:
Earlier this year Angeline returned to the studio to record some new music. The new release Life E.P Volume 1 contains 4 brand new tracks with collaborations from musician/producer Micke "Nord" Andersson (Scorpions, The Rasmus, etc). This release is to celebrate that Angeline has been around as a band for 25 years!
The band states: "This Friday, at the very day 2112As an early Christmas gift to all of our fans we will have a limited free download of the new E.P. The music can be downloaded from our official homepage www.angelinetheband.com starting Friday 21/12. So join the Angeline 25th birthday party!"
The Life E.P Volume 1 will be released as a digital E.P on January 25 2013, Vegna Music (VM1303).


THE HEADBANGER FANZINE RETURNS:
Bob Nalbandian, founder and publisher of the esteemed early '80s heavy metal music fanzine The Headbanger, has struck a deal with Tokyo-based company Japanime Publishing to release all 11 issues of the groundbreaking Xeroxed 'zine as ebooks. Never before has the fanzine which featured early interviews of local and international heavy metal bands, including the very first profiles of then-unsigned LA bands Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth been available for mass distribution until now.
Bob Nalbandian founded The Headbanger in early 1982 when he was just 17 years old, and released the inaugural issue later that year. The seminal fanzine featured articles and interviews that vividly captured the emerging heavy metal scene.
Nalbandian says, "(Japanime founder) Glenn Kardy and I decided to present the readers an ebook version of the fanzine in its all its original, raw glory without any touchups or changes to it. I've scanned all the pages of the first issue as is, or as was! What you're getting is a digitized version of the original mockup, complete with cutout pictures and logos, rub-off letters, and typewriter print! The Headbanger was published long before the widespread use of home computers and desktop printing, so this is as hardcore and old-school as it gets!"
The first ebook will include an all-new introduction and reminiscence by Nalbandian, along with the entire contents of The Headbanger Issue #1, which was released in May/June 1982. The issue features now-legendary all-female New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Girlschool on its cover and a review of the group's debut US show at the Whisky on 4/25/82; colorful recaps of live performances by then-local LA bands Ratt and Steeler; and no-holds-barred commentary on "new" albums by Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, and the first Metal Massacre compilation. As a bonus, the ebook also includes the original full-page "Los Angeles Metal Report" that Nalbandian and his Huntington Beach metal comrade Pat Scott wrote for the March 1982 issue of Ron Quintana's nationally distributed fanzine Metal Mania. It was through this "Report" that headbangers living beyond the smog of the Sunset Strip were to read the first words ever published about a then-unknown Orange County/LA garage band ... named Metallica!
"Over the years I've received tons of emails from people asking about The Headbanger and whether I ever plan to reprint the original issues," Nalbandian says. "I figure since we are now in the digital age, it's time I digitize those issues and give metal fans worldwide the opportunity to read and examine one of the original heavy metal fanzines in its purest format all for only a couple bucks per issue. I originally sold The Headbanger for a dollar an issue (and the first one, I gave away for free). By turning them into ebooks, I feel I can still offer it at an ultra-low price and give readers the same experience as if they were reading the original fanzine with its wrinkled pages, typos, faded print, and atrocious spelling and grammatical errors! I can't think of a better way to expose readers to a time in history when heavy metal music truly was an underground phenomenon, and tape-trading and metal fanzines were a way of life."

Issue #1 of The Headbanger is now available worldwide in the Apple iBookstore and the Amazon Kindle store. Here are direct links for customers in the United States.
itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-headbanger/id585248660?mt=11 / www.amzn.com/B00ANJJCZM

About Bob Nalbandian - Bob Nalbandian has been a working journalist for over 35 years and is arguably one of the leading hard rock/metal scholars of his time. He grew up in Los Angeles and Orange County, California, reading mainstream rock magazines like Creem, Circus and Hit Parader in the late '70s, but by 1981 had become an avid devotee of the British metal magazine Kerrang! At the age of 17, Bob started the metal fanzine The Headbanger. Bob continues to be the ultimate enthusiast for all things heavy metal, recording a monthly podcast with Hardradio.com; you can also hear him on his Shockwaves Skull Sessions podcast, hosted by Roadrunner Records. Both are available on iTunes.


Monday, December 17, 2012

KROKUS PREVIEW ONE OF THEIR DIRTY DIAMONDS:
For almost 40 years now Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world and received gold and platinum record awards including the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan and China.
But it hasn't all been one long "high": death, sickness and internal strife have pushed the band to the brink of collapse. The story of Krokus is like no other. Dotted with highs and lows, sell-out stadium concerts and sweaty club gigs, these five musketeers of rock have outlasted trends and survived treacherous US managers, tough splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, awful fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies and double-dealing advisors.
Today they are back in their classic line-up plus Mandy Meyer and are stronger than ever on their new album Dirty Dynamite. Guest musician Kosta Zafiriou plays drums on the entire album. The band spent a whole two years working on the new album under the watchful eye of bassist and original founder Chris Von Rohr. "We didn't spend all that time on golf courses or tennis courts. No, we just wanted to make the best album yet, the magnum opus of the new Krokus era" says the hit producer. Guitarist Mark Kohler has this to add: "This is not just another Krokus album. I think we have definitely passed another rock milestone with this record".
To reach this goal, no expense was spared. The band booked into the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Krokus went back to their roots, back to where it all began with the Stones, the Beatles, the Free, the Who and the Bluesbreakers. Back to where the band headlined concerts in the Hammersmith Odeon, celebrating their first international success. "The atmosphere there is very special and we wanted to make the most of that", says vocalist Marc Storace. Guitarist Fernando Von Arb is quick to add: "With Dirty Dynamite we have recorded the urgently needed dirty kind of rock that no one plays in this country".
The album is due out in Europe February 22.

For up-to-date info, questions and answers: www.facebook.com/KROKUSonline. Free Download at end of "Blick" Magazine Article: www.blick.ch/people-tv/musik/so-draeckig-war-die-abbey-road-noch-nie-id2139112.html.

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ROCKSTAR - THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL SUPER PROJECT - IN MOSCOW!:
Rockstar is the world's most powerful super project in Moscow! December 21, 2012 The Mayans predict the End Of The Inhabitants of the planet! We guarantee the Mayan Apocalypse with "Rockstar" a FULL TILT rock party!
"Rockstar" is:
Vocal: Graham Bonnett - Rainbow / Alcatrazz; Vocal: Chas West - Bonham / Foreigner; Guitar: Keri Kelli - Alice Cooper / Slash's Snakepit / Night Ranger; Bass: Phil Soussan - Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol; Drums: Chad Stewart - L.A. Guns / Faster Pussycat; Keyboards: Scott Warren - Dio / Heaven & Hell.

Dec 18th Moscow, Russia Private 'Closed' Party @ Krysha Mira www.kryshamira.ru
Dec 20th Moscow, Russia Public Show @ Music Town Rock ClubDowntown Moscow www.musictownclub.com/view_news.php?news=587 / www.facebook.com/events/491594400864060 / vk.com/event46577497
Address: Kolanchevskaya 33, Moscow, Russia.

Club "Music Town" and radio "Rock FM" (95,2) are a real treat for all fans of classic rock! Crazy concert of legendary musicians.
Admission: 1500 rubles / Admission Ticket VIP: 3000 rubles / Admission ticket Super-VIP: 4000 rubles / Package Meet & Greet: 3000 rubles
The package "Meet & Greet" includes: - Joint party with musicians for 2 hours before the show! - Ability to take photos without the hassle of every musician and autographs! - Exclusive T-Shirt - Photos 8x10 with all project - A set of guitar mediators Keri Kelli - Laminated badge Meet & Greet - A set of drum sticks Chad Stewart - Concert Poster.
Attention! Running on the "Meet & Greet" begins at 7:00 - so please take care to buy in advance! Information and reserve by phone: (495) 937-54-19.


SHOUT OUT FOR ANOTHER EUROPEAN ROCK FESTIVAL:
Shout It Out Loud Festival - the biggest Indoor-festival for Rock 'n' Roll, Sleaze, Glam and Hair-metal starts on 5th April with 6 - 7 international top Bands.
Headliner: TESLA (USA) Only and exclusive show in continental Europe!
Confirmed so far: The Quireboys, H.E.A.T, Blackrain, Adam Bomb + 1 more fantastic Live-Act.

From now until 31.12.2012 you have the chance to purchase the special Christmas ticket! Only at Rock Road Entertainment you will get a free shirt or girlie for free when you order a original hard- or VIP-ticket.
1 Christmas Ticket ( incl. Shirt or girlie & incl. advance booking fee ) for only 50 + Shipping.
1 VIP Christmas Ticket (incl. Shirt or girlie & incl. advance booking fee ) for only 100 + Shipping.
From January 2013 you can still purchase the normal or VIP tickets ( only 100 tickets ) without shirts at Tickets@rock-road.de
Tickets are also available at: Eventim, Metaltix, Kln-/Bonn Ticket.

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MELODIC BRIEFS:
From Now until the end of the year Wicked Sins S/T cd's will be $5! So if you haven't purchased your CD yet go to our web site and buy one to support a starving and broken artist: wickedsins.tripod.com/stuff.html.

Today Giant X release the second studio EPK....a lot more will follow: www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBXCEV9Tfk.

The guys of Junkyard Royalty from Sweden and have been playing together on & off for years but now we have this new band together that you can check out at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j1dh_fw9jY.

DORO AND ORDEN OGAN ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Sunday 16th December 15:00-17:00 GMT, repeated Monday 17th December 02:00-04:00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com) features exclusive interviews with Doro Pesch and Seeb Levermann of Orden Ogan, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-exclusive-interviews-with-doro-and-orden-ogan/
In the first hour, Doro discusses her new release "Raise Your Fist", and talks about the writing and recording of the album, the special guest appearances by Lemmy (Motorhead) and Gus G (Ozzy, Firewind), and her plans for her 30th anniversary celebrations next year. Doro also choses tracks from the album, along with one of her classic Metal anthems.
In the second hour of the show, Seeb Levermann of German Power Metallers Orden Ogan talks about the band's new album "To The End" and the the band's blend of classic and contemporary Metal influences, with two songs from the new release.
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from Molly Hatchet, Kiss, Lionville, AC/DC (from the band's new live album), F.E.A.S.T, Candlemass, and Kotipelto and Liimatainen (with an acoustic arrangement of a Gary Moore/Phil Lynott classic).


Friday, December 14, 2012

GENE THE WEREWOLF "SUPERHERO" (OFFICIAL VIDEOCLIP):
GENE THE WEREWOLF Superhero (Official Videoclip), taken from the album Rock n Roll Animal out now on Frontiers Records.
For more info: www.frontiers.it.


Crashdiet European tour dates are listed on the graphics below. Click on images for full-size picture.

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HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN LIVE IN BUDAPEST ON DVD, BLU-RAY and DELUXE EDITIONS:
Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest is a mustsee concert experience by legends of rock, Queen is released on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD+DVD Deluxe Edition and a 2CD+Blu-ray Deluxe Edition.
Originally filmed in 1986, this momentous concert movie has been re-mastered in high definition and superb 5.1 surround sound. An amazing performance is now available to be seen in crystal clear HD clarity.
Also included on the DVD and Blu-ray is a new 25 minute documentary feature entitled 'A Magic Year'. This follows Queen from just after their historic showstealing performance at Live Aid, London, on July 13, 1985, through the year leading up to the epic concert in Budapest. Using archive footage from rehearsals, interviews with the band in the studio and on the road during the Magic Tour - some of which has never been seen before - this fascinating feature has been specially created for this new release.
As part of the hugely successful 1986 Magic Tour that, poignantly, was the last to be played by the band with Freddie Mercury, Queen were for the first time able to include Hungary on the tour schedule. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the largest concert ever staged at the Napstadion, Budapest, and the first Western Rock Concert staged in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country's top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity.

Staged for 80,000 ecstatic fans, the concert set includes favorite hits like 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love,' 'I Want To Break Free,' and 'We Are The Champions.'
'We're delighted that Queen fans across the world will finally have the chance to relive this amazing moment for the band. We knew a stadium concert in Budapest was groundbreaking, but hadn't quite anticipated what a historic night it would turn out to be. The concert looks fantastic on the screen in all its digitally re-mastered glory and the documentary does a great job of setting the scene it really was an extraordinary time in the band's history.' ~ Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

DVD and Blu Ray Tracklisting: One Vision Tie Your Mother Down In The Lap Of The Gods Seven Seas Of Rhye Tear It Up A Kind Of Magic Under Pressure Who Wants To Live Forever I Want To Break Free Guitar Solo Now Now I'm Here Love Of My Life Tavaszi Szel Vizet raszt Is This The World We Created....? Tutti Frutti Bohemian Rhapsody Hammer To Fall Crazy Little Thing Called Love Radio Ga Ga We Will Rock You Friends Will Be Friends We Are The Champions.
Extras: 'A Magic Year' documentary.


Deluxe Package CD CD Tracklisting: 1 One Vision Tie Your Mother Down In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited Seven Seas Of Rhye Tear It Up A Kind Of Magic Under Pressure Another One Bites The Dust Who Wants To Live Forever I Want To Break Free Looks Like It's Gonna Be A Good Night - Improv Guitar Solo Now I'm Here.
CD Tracklisting: 2 Love Of My Life Tavaszi Szel Vizet Araszt Is This The World We Created...? (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care '' Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) Tutti Frutti Bohemian Rhapsody Hammer To Fall Crazy Little Thing Called Love Radio Ga Ga We Will Rock You Friends Will Be Friends We Are The Champions God Save The Queen.



FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE! - FCA! 35 TOUR: AN EVENING WITH PETER FRAMPTON BLU-RAY:
The performances featured classics such as 'Show Me The Way' and 'Do You Feel Like We Do' as well as tracks from Peter Frampton's most recent albums Thank You Mr Churchill and the Grammy-Award winning instrumental album Fingerprints. The 2 DVD/Blu-Ray/3CD Set features Peter's favorite tracks culled from the world tour.
FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton, directed and produced by Pierre & Francois Lamoureux, features two February 2012 shows - one performance in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater and another in New York at the Beacon Theatre. The Best Of FCA! 35 Tour 3CD was executive produced by Zach Bair and Mark Fischer of Disc Live Network.
From 2011 to 2012 Frampton toured the world in celebration of the 35th anniversary of his landmark 17 million selling live album Frampton Comes Alive! Each stop on the tour was divided into two sets: a first set featuring Frampton Comes Alive! performed in its entirety and a second set including songs from throughout his career.
'I have tried to find the best musical performances from as many different countries and cities as possible,' says Frampton. 'My MO in choosing these tracks was to make this CD as representative as possible of the entire year of shows. Maybe there's one you were at, whether you're from Europe or the US. I'm still going through the 116 versions of 'Do You Feel'' as I write this! I might never want to play it again, so you better pick this CD up just in case!'

Track Listing: DVD: Disc One 1. Somethin's Happening 2. Doobie Wah 3. Lines On My Face 4. Show Me the Way 5. It's A Plain Shame 6. Wind of Change 7. Penny For Your Thoughts 8. All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side) 9. Baby, I Love Your Way 10. (I Wanna) Go to the Sun 11. (I'll Give You) Money 12. Shine On 13. Jumpin' Jack Flash 14. Do You Feel Like We Do.
Disc Two 1. Asleep at the Wheel 2. Restraint 3. Float 4. Boot It Up 5. Double Nickels 6. Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele 7. Road to the Sun 8. I Don't Need No Doctor 9. Black Hole Sun 10. Four Day Creep 11. Off the Hook 12. While My Guitar Gently Weeps.


CD: Disc 1 1. Somethin's Happening 2. Doobie Wah 3. Lines On My Face 4. Show Me The Way 5. Its A Plain Shame 6. Wind Of Change 7. Just The Time Of Year 8. Penny For Your Thoughts 9. All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side) 10. Baby, I Love Your Way 11. (I Wanna) Go To The Sun 12. Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby) 13. (I'll Give You) Money.
Disc 2 1. Do You Feel Like We Do 2. Shine On 3. Jumpin' Jack Flash 4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Disc 3 1. Asleep At The Wheel 2. Restraint 3. Float 4. Boot It Up 5. Double Nickels 6. Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele 7. Suite: Liberte 8. All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side) Electric 9. Road To The Sun 10. I Don't Need No Doctor 11. Black Hole Sun 12. Four Day Creep 13. Off The Hook.



ASIA CANCEL UK TOUR:
ASIA, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (Lead Vocal, bass), has been forced to cancel the 30th Anniversary UK Tour due to drummer Carl Palmer coming down with a severe case of E. coli.
Tickets are refundable from the point of purchase. A list of the cancelled dates are as follows
Tavistock The Wharf (Dec 15)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (Dec 16)
Edinburgh Queen's Hall (Dec 17)
Salisbury City Hall (Dec 19)
Birmingham Town Hall (Dec 20)
Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (Dec 21)
London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Dec 22)

PRE-ORDER LIBERTY & JUSTICE NOW!:
Have you heard/bought Liberty n' Justice's "The Cigar Chronicles"...besides getting the digital files the day you order the CD, pre-orders will be shipping next week just in time for Christmas! WebLink: www.libertynjustice.net.
PS -You can get the digital album for as low as $15.99 (for all 26 songs) plus get a Free Christmas gift from LnJ! Go to www.reverbnation.com/libertynjustice/song/15389977-grinch for a free download!


INTRODUCING DEAN RHYMES:
Press Release / "So I guess you might be thinking who on earth is Dean Rhymes? Is he just another one of those record company manufactured artists who just sings what he is told to? Well no he isn't, it's all quite the reverse...
Here is a brief summary of what I have been up to over the years. I started out being managed to write with and for other artists. Back in 2001 I had the honor of working with the 80's Pop Star Nik Kershaw, we wrote a track together called 'Only Human'. As the years went by I worked with others like Tony Lundon from Liberty X, and the Spice Girls and Simply Red's bass player Steve Lewinson.
Then back in 2006 my management became no more and I had a lot of songs. So I went about turning my demos into an album. I am responsible for every single aspect of my recordings. I have learned watching people in the industry how to make a record. My site is the only place you can officially purchase and listen to my material. I thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy enough to support me by purchasing my material so I can finance my future projects. Currently, the debut album Blue Sky Symphony is available for just 3, and the new album, Private Serenade, is only 4, with worldwide shipping offered.
WebLinks: www.deanrhymes.com.

GUITAR LEGEND AND KEYBOARD WIZARDRY JOIN FORCES FOR A NEW RECORD:
March 2013 will see guitar legend Gordon Giltrap and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman (following his years of touring with the classic progressive rock band Yes) release their debut collaborative album 'Ravens & Lullabies' on the Esoteric Antenna label. The album is a 13 song collection of hard hitting memorable rock pieces coupled with thought provoking lyrics alongside acoustic duets featuring their fine instrumental interplay.
The project was initiated with a phone call from Gordon to Oliver in early 2012 requesting Oliver's keyboard services for a new rock album. Within 24 hours Gordon had phoned again suggesting a full collaboration instead and the 'Ravens & Lullabies' concept was born. Gordon and Oliver spent 2012 writing and recording the album which features a return for Gordon to his rock roots following a 30 year absence and Oliver's first recorded works since his departure from both Yes and Strawbs.
The album was recorded and mixed by 'Threshold' guitarist Karl Groom (who also mixed the Yes 'Live In Lyon' record which featured Oliver on keyboards). The album will be available in two formats, a single CD featuring the 13 new pieces and double pack special edition featuring a Bonus CD of live recordings taken from their 2012 tour and re-recordings of pieces from Oliver and Gordon's past catalogue.
The new album features performances by the following well respected musicians.
Paul Manzi - vocals. Paul has performed with the Oliver Wakeman Band for the last 6 years (appearing on the live DVD 'Coming to Town') and is the current vocalist for the rock band Arena.
Steve Amadeo - Bass Guitar. Steve, an in demand Jazz/Blues/Rock session bass player, is currently performing with Blues guitarist Aynsley Lister.
Johanne James - Drums. Johanne has been the Threshold drummer for the last 12 years.

The album also features a special vocal appearance by Benoit David, Oliver's old band mate from Yes, on the track 'From the Turn of a Card' written by Oliver during the Yes recording sessions of 2010.
Many of the pieces were debuted and refined during their acoustic duo tour in September and October 2012 where they performed sell out concerts across the UK. The tour will resume in March 2013 to coincide with the release of the new album.
One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. It is impossible not to be awestruck as he coaxes incredible melodies from his instruments; you almost suspect a second pair of hands. He is well known for his varied musical output and 'Heartsong' (a hit single from the album 'Perilous Journey' in 1977) is instantly recognized as the theme for the BBC TV's long running 'Holiday' programme.
Following ten solo albums in a variety of styles, Oliver Wakeman joined the legendary band 'Yes' in 2008, touring with them up until mid-2011. A live CD and triple vinyl release, 'In The Present - Live from Lyon', was a fitting bookend to his period in the band. He also worked with the folk rock band 'The Strawbs' and appeared on their last studio album as well as their 40th Anniversary CD release. Appearing in venues across North and South America, Europe and the UK with Yes, Strawbs and as a solo artist, he has become a well-respected live performing musician to add to his other talents as composer, songwriter, lyricist and producer.
Gordon says "Working with Oliver is like a breath of fresh air. I knew of his reputation as a fine musician, and it made perfect sense for me to tap into his creative energy, not only to bring out certain elements of my musical gifts but to create something new and exciting, at the same time giving a nod in the direction of our respective Progressive Rock roots"
Oliver adds, "After working with Yes, the chance of working with another legendary artist was an opportunity too good to miss. I am having a wonderfully productive time working with Gordon and feel we are creating something genuinely unique in our 'Ravens & Lullabies' project."
Many of Gordon's fans have been asking for years when he is going to return to his rock roots and others wondered what Oliver would write after the Yes experiences...
In March 2013 they'll know...
WebLinks: www.oliverwakeman.co.uk / www.giltrap.co.uk.

UPDATES:
MRCD10 is in the air! Sorry for the delays with that folks. Hopefully the donkey carrying the packages will get them to their locations asap.

No MRX update today - next week there will be a quadruple update to keep everyone busy over the holiday break.

Next week - the biggest Reviews update of the year...to finish the year! Hard to believe it's mid-December and I have to start thinking about the 2012 MelRock Awards!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM FOR GERMAN ARENA ROCKERS PINK CREAM 69:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Pink Cream 69's newest studio album Ceremonial on January 25 in Europe and January 22 in North America.
Six years after the critically praised In10sity album, the German based band delivers another slice of great Arena Hard Rock! Hot on heels after a successful German tour with Helloween and Stratovarius, "Ceremonial" is PC69's second studio effort for Frontiers Records and also the first album with their new drummer Chris Schmidt.
This new album is possibly the freshest and most diverse Pink Cream 69 album to date. Recorded partially at Hofa Studios and mixed at Dennis Ward's private studio - The TrakShak - the band really made the best of their time.

"The songs had to be 100% ready and we took all the necessary time", states bass player and producer Dennis Ward. "This gaves us the possibility to experiment and to achieve the best possible result." And indeed, the explosive, energetic opening track "Land Of Confusion", the contemporary rocking "Wasted Years", the biographic "I Came To Rock" the heavily 90s-influenced "Find Your Soul" or the soulful "Passage" are all new, bright and shining diamonds in a discography full of highlights and hits.
"We deliberately called the album "Ceremonial" because we feel it's kind of a celebration of music styles we all grew up with, regardless of what PC69 has done in the past", continues Ward.
"There were various projects that I was involved in over the last couple of years", adds singer David Readman. "But the work on "Ceremonial" felt like coming home. A real relief." Nothing more to add.

Ceremonial includes the following new songs: Land of Confusion; Wasted Years; Special; Find Your Soul; The Tide; Big Machine; Let the Thunder Roll; Right or Wrong; Passage of Time; I Came to Rock; King for One Day; Superman.
Samples from a few album songs can be heard below.


The first single off the album: Special, can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio.

Pink Cream 69: David Readman vocals; Alfred Koffler guitars; Uwe Reitenauer guitars; Dennis Ward bass; Chris Schmidt drums.

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LOST ANGELS ANNOUNCE MORE POST AUSTRALIAN DATES: 2013 EUROPEAN/SCANDINAVIAN TOUR:
As the Lost Angels gear up to debut "down under" for the Hooligan's Holiday Tour, more dates are now leaking for an already in place European tour that will hit the likes of Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and more. This December, John Corabi (Former Motley Crue, The Scream, Union, Ratt), Eric Dover (Sextus, Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit), Eric Brittingham (Cinderella) and drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion, Gilby Clarke, Pretty Boy Floyd) will head to the land of Oz for a handful of nearly sold out shows. The band, who debuted in 2009 with two packed shows in the Northeast Territory of India, continued in 2010 with a small tour of the Midwest with stops at the Milwaukee Summerfest and a weekend long residency at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay, WI.
After a 2 year hiatus, the band is back in action playing songs from their respective associations as well as songs "we've all cut our teeth on". The Australian Dates are as follows (Lineup: Corabi/Dover/Brittingham/Farrell): Dec 19: Whole Lotta Love (East Brunswick, Victoria, Aus) (Acoustic) Dec 20: Baja Music Bar (Rye, Victoria, Aus) (Acoustic) Dec 21: Hi Fi Bar (Melbourne, Aus) Dec 22: The Metro (Sydney, Aus)

- Due to a conflict that became unavoidable due to rehearsals and travel to Russia, John Corabi will hand over his axe to an eagerly awaiting, Ryan Roxie, fresh off Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Raise The Dead" Tours respectively. The guys in Lost Angels are no strangers to Ryan Roxie as it will introduce a guitar matchup that goes back to over 10 years when Eric Dover and Ryan Roxie both slung guitars for the mighty Alice Cooper. That relationship spilled into the Strip of Sunset Blvd rattling the walls of the infamous Cat Club playing in the StarFuckers. Corabi states "Because the rehearsal schedule got moved up and I have to travel, I either have to cut out of the Lost Angels tour or hand the baton to Roxie, it just makes sense to have Roxie jump into the "Angels", and hell, Europe is probably already sick of me! (John just performed nearly 30 solo acoustic dates). Don't worry, I'll be back!"
"We're all stoked to have Roxie join us. We're all old friends, we drink from the same faucet but Ryan will bring an element that only he can bring. I can't wait to see what we come up with!"
stated Farrell. The European dates are as follows (Lineup: Roxie/Dover/Brittingham/Farrell) Jan 11: Virgin Oil, Helsinki, Finland Jan 12: Club Garage, Vaasa, Finland Jan 16: Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden Jan 17: Olsen p Bryn, Oslo, Norway Jan 18: Bluebox, Grimstad, Norway Jan 19: Brynerocken, Bryne, Norway Jan 21: The Ipswich Railway, Ipswich, UK Jan 22: Yardbirds, Grimsby, UK Jan 23: Bannermans, Edinburgh, Scotland Jan 24: Underworld, London, UK Jan 25: Le Forum, Vaureal, France Jan 26: Paunchy Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany More info can be found at www.lostangleslive.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Check out the trailer for the upcoming video for the new Fatal Smile single My Private Hell directed by Owe Lingwall (Meshugga, Kamelot, The Rasmus etc...). Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vea1oqWTpLA / www.fatalsmile.com.

Well we finally made it, the new and official Savage website is now up and running. Come in and have a browse around, and check out the forum and leave a message. On the site you will find pics both old and new, and the store should be up and running soon All our previous social network sites are still operational.
WebLinks: www.savageband.com / www.facebook.com/savageuk / www.myspace.com/savageuk / www.twitter.com/savagemusicuk.

Cloudscape wishes you a "Merry Metal Christmas And A Hard Rockin New Year! Heres a new video for you! Before Your Eyes www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cbUn_0v8cI.

A CHRISTMAS TUNE FROM SCOTTY DUNBAR:
Down Boys Records - the label owned & operated by both Jerry Dixon & Erik Turner of the multi-platinum rock band Warrant - have just released the brand new Christmas single Let It Snow by Scotty Dunbar with Burning Heat. This version of the holiday classic is a complete 80's hard rock sounding tune that fans of the bands Ratt, Dokken, and Alice Cooper will totally embrace. "Let It Snow" features virtuoso and world-renowned guitarist, Ethan Brosh, Adrian Araiza of Burning Heat on Guitars, JC of Burning Heat and Pretty Little Suicide on Bass, Izzy Rock of Pretty Little Suicide on Drums & Scotty Dunbar on Vocals.
This past May, Down Boys Records released Scotty Dunbar's solo EP "In A Mellow Mood". The EP featured such guest performances by Michael Sweet of Stryper and Louis St August of MASS. "In A Mellow Mood" debuted at the following positions on Amazon: # 1 on the "Hot New Releases In Pop Rock Chart," # 1 on the "Hot New Releases In Euro Pop Chart," and #3 on the "Best Sellers In Euro Pop Chart" The first released single, "Tears In The City" hit # 1 on the "Hot New Releases In Country Rock Chart" & the follow-up single "Memories Never Fade" also charted at # 6 on the "Best Sellers In Euro Pop Chart" Purchase your copy of "Let It Snow" @ www.amazon.com/Let-It-Snow or on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/let-it-snow-single/id585114350.

STEVE VAI INTERVIEWED:
MetalSymphony.com recently conducted an interview with guitar legend Steve Vai about his upcoming Spanish and European shows, his new CD The story of light and his present and future... A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

"The Story of Light" is a varied album, with a wide range of sounds, even with Gospel choirs, like in "Book on Seven Seals". Many guitar players are introducing new sounds along with their works as well. For you, as musicians, how do you feel about leaving behind that 100% guitar-issue? Which contributions do you obtain from that?
S- My records have always been diverse with the exception of "Alien Love Secrets". I use any means necessary to get the sound that is in my head and sometimes that means using a horn section, an orchestra, a choir etc. I have never felt limited by the expectations of a genre and I believe my fans have come to understand and appreciate that, with the exception of the percentage of people that only want me to do instrumental guitar music. The guitar is my blood and will always have the dominant voice in my music.
The album begins with both a progressive and an athmospherical sound, why did you choose to start with such a cut, instead of choosing more pounding beats as usual? Do you think people would understand that concept or idea, or on the other hand, would they be surprised, even scared once they listen to this new work?
S- I sequence the record based on my instincts. At this point in my career my fans have come to expect the unexpected and I'm very comfortable starting the record out with a challenging piece. It does pound in a way. The opening track to me is beautiful, ethereal, heavy, dense, musical and melodic. I just thought it was a great way to introduce the experience of the whole record.
You started working with Frank Zappa, you substituted Malmsteen in Alcatrazz, were part of David Lee Roth's band and went on tour with Whitesnake in the "Slip of the Tongue" tour, at the same time you launched "Passion and Warfare". What memories do you keep of those times?
S- All good memories, too many to list but my overview is that they were all part of my past and I work in the present moment and look to the future as a tool for the expression of what I'm working on now.
Read the entire interview at MetalSymphony.com: www.metalsymphony.com/?p=11894#english.


W.E.T. - RISE UP



Swedish/American supergroup W.E.T. to release their anticipated sophomore album Rise Up in February on Frontiers.

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of W.E.T. new studio album Rise Up on February 22 in Europe and February 26 in North America.

The W.E.T. debut album in 2009 was one of the rare occasions when a band, created by the vision of a record label president, managed to create such a wave of enthusiasm and interest from fans and the media alike. Not only did it go beyond the band's own expectations, but it pushed the musicians themselves to raise their own game, when in the beginning they thought 'no one would care except maybe the die-hard fans from the three bands the name W.E.T. came from'.

The key element to the success of "W.E.T' was to create a modern Melodic Hard Rock sound and drive it into the future with powerhouse rhythm and production, making it an equally classic and contemporary release.

Robert Sll (the "W" from Work of Art), Erik Mrtensson (the "E" from Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (the "T" from Talisman) accepted the daunting task to create a follow-up, along with returning Eclipse members Magnus Henriksson and Robban Bck, that could live up to the expectation of thousands of fans across the globe.

The album's release will be anticipated by the release of the single "Learn to Live Again" on December 17 an unbelievably radio-friendly song, which features for the first time a vocal duet between Mrtensson and Soto.




Rise Up presents again a massive production and equally impressive songwriting, which updates the term "classic rock" into the new century. "The songs were written between December 2011 to February 2012 and were recorded between March through May. We then wrote/added three more songs in September, recorded them in October and the whole album was finally mixed and mastered", says Erik Mrtensson. "To me this album sounds more like a 'band' verses the 1st album", adds Jeff Scott Soto 'The first album was great as it had a lot of great songs but this one has great songs and a band personality which shows growth as far as I'm concerned'.

Hook after hook, Rise Up is another one of these albums where you can enjoy the dynamics of a brilliant partnership bringing out a unique result. Melodic bullet rockers are followed by haunting ballads and fabulous arena rockers in an album that will leave listeners in awe from start to finish.

"We took what we all loved about the first album and built the songwriting and sound from that. We wanted to give the band more of an identity and tried to find 'our' own sound. I really think we achieved it with this album. Heavier and darker than the first album which we all in the band love. It's melodic rock for a new century!', tells Mrtensson. Soto adds: "Strangely my faves are the more uptempo songs and ballads on this album, W.E.T do great AOR stuff naturally but to have more strength on some tracks and then get emotionally charged in others made those songs the more interesting for me".

W.E.T. plan to launch the new album through a special live show in Stockholm at the Debaser Club on January 17, 2013. The band so far has made only one live appearance at the annual Firefest event in the UK in October 2011, but in this new and special concert appearance, they will be showcasing for the first time new songs as well as digging some tracks from the now classic debut, plus some cool surprises. Tickets can be bought in advance following this link: secure.tickster.com/Intro.aspx?ERC=89TYN1LGME921HT.


"Rise Up" will be released in February, but it will be very difficult to envision anything better to come out during the year to beat the "Melodic Rock album of the year" for 2013!

"Rise Up" tracklisting includes: Walk Away; Learn to Live Again; Rise Up; Love Heals; What You Want; The Moment; Bad Boy; On The Run; Broken Wings; Shot; Still Believe In Us; Still Unbroken.


"Learn to Live Again" sample can be heard here:



W.E.T. is: Jeff Scott Soto: Lead Vocals; Erik Mrtensson: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals; Robert Sll: Keyboards, Guitars; Robban Bck: Drums; Magnus Henriksson: Guitars.






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FRONTIERS RECORDS LAUNCHES OFFICIAL NORTH AMERICAN ONLINE STORE:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the launch of its official North American online store in conjunction with EMI Label Services and Merch Direct. The shop can be visited at www.merchdirect.com/frontiers or www.frontiers.it/us. Fans of hard rock, heavy metal, melodic rock, classic AOR rock, progressive rock and similar genres will now have a fantastic one-stop shopping location to conveniently purchase the latest releases from the likes of heavy-hitters Dokken, Whitesnake, Sebastian Bach, Loverboy, Trixter, Warrant, Yes, Night Ranger, Electric Light Orchestra and more as well as Frontiers' specialty artists like Jimi Jamison, Issa, Ten and Work Of Art. Every customer will receive a free MP3 sampler containing 16 tracks from various Frontiers releases. The sampler will be updated often to make sure consumers are getting the freshest look at what Frontiers has to offer. Special discounts (i.e. an ongoing 20% discount off your order for customers who buy 5 or more albums) and added value items will be made available exclusively through the Frontiers online store as well as exclusive video content.

Frontiers Records has an exciting 2013 release schedule planned for January including Crashdiet's The Savage Playground, Pink Cream 69's Ceremonial, Jorn's Symphonic and the limited-edition LP release of Journey's latest studio album Eclipse; all are available for pre-order now. Also available for pre-order is the self-titled debut from Snakecharmer which features former members of Whitesnake, Thunder, Ozzy Osbourne and more. Later in 2013, the label will have new studio albums by Player, Great White, Stryper, W.E.T., King Kobra, Baton Rouge, Diamond Dawn, De La Cruz and more, as well as reissues from Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne.
For more information, please visit: www.frontiers.it.

WHAT ABOUT NOW SET FOR EARLY 2013 FOR BON JOVI:
On January 7, 2013 Bon Jovi's new single Because We Can will be released worldwide and available for download on iTunes! "Because We Can" is the lead single from the upcoming Bon Jovi album What About Now, due out early 2013.

ROCK N RAP HALL OF FAME - MAKING MOMS HAPPY EVERYWHERE:
It's official; Rush will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. They will join Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Albert King, and Donna Summer. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. The ceremony will be held on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee told Rolling Stone, "It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling...It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." He added, "It was a cause [Rush fans] championed," he says. "I'm very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure."
The band also issued an official statement: "We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!"

[On a personal note - I'm really happy for Rush, Heart and their fans, but the RnRHoF remains a complete and utter joke, which no one except those on the nomination committee takes seriously anymore. Just look at the acts being honored alongside Rush and Heart and the hundred or so bands not even mentioned, let alone actually being inducted].

VINDICTIV TAPS LION'S SHARE GUITARIST LARS CHRISS TO MIX NEW ALBUM:
Swedish metallers Vindictiv has tapped producer/engineer Lars Chriss (Lion's Share) to mix their brand new studio CD, tentatively due in early 2013 via an as-yet-undetermined record label. The band's third album Cage of Infinity will be the debut for new singer Marco Sandron, and will see the band head in a more straight ahead heavy metal direction. "I made an effort to make the album cohesive, but as a notorious shredder I couldn't restrain myself completely, laughs guitarist and band leader Stefan Lindholm." Stay tuned...
BAND LINKS: www.stefanlindholm.net.

"GET THE LED OUT" LED ZEPPELIN KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN BECOMES SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED:
Artist and veteran record cover designer Ioannis is so excited that his Led Zeppelin Art Prints Kickstarter projects has reached its goal with days to go before deadline. To celebrate, he wants to do even more for the music and art fans who have helped make it so successful.
Basically, the farther past the original goal the more Get The Led Out fans are going to get.
"Led Zeppelin released their first album in 1969 so the obvious choice for the stretch goal target seemed $6900. So if this Kickstarter campaign reaches $6900 before it ends in a couple of days then I'm going to reward all our backers with even more cool rock and roll stuff." said Ioannis.
The fans have responded and at this moment, the campaign is less than $1,500 away from reaching its stretch goal and rewarding all its fans and backers. If the campaign reaches its stretch goal then backers will get even more limited edition postcards, signed copies of the book Get The Led Out, and for the highest level of backer even a super limited edition print from Ioannis's Iconic Album Cover art for the Allman Brothers Band's album Where It All Began.
The campaign is fully funded but it is still possible for fans to get every one of the original rewards from digital wallpaper and postcards to museum quality limited edition prints and even the chance to have Ioannis design your own original album cover.
The kickstarter campaign can be viewed here: bit.ly/UH2Iu3.

ZAKK WYLDE, AND MEMBERS OF SEVENDUST, CANDLEBOX AND BLACK LABEL SOCIETY JOIN THE INFINITE STAIRCASE:
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John "JD" Deservio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) and New Yorkers, The Infinite Staircase will be teaming up to write and record a song in an effort to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility where Sevendust recently tracked 'Black Out The Sun' and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album, located in Butler, New Jersey, has, along with recording engineer Mike Ferretti, graciously agreed to donate their services to help make this project come to fruition. The song will be released, as an iTunes exclusive, via Vanity Music Group on 8 January 2013.
Each musician involved in this project has very close ties to the New York and Jersey area, having either grown up there, having very close friends and family who currently live there, or in the cases of JD DeServio and Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie of The Infinite Staircase, still residing in the storm damaged areas. This storm has touched the lives of so manyEveryone's hearts are in the right place. Heading into the studio this week, expect more details on this project and its release to be announced shortly.
Zakk Wylde and John "JD" DeServio just came off a very successful run of shows in both Canada and South America with Black Label Society who have recently announced that a new DVD, titled 'Unblackened' will be recorded in 2013. JD has also been producing projects on the side as well as continuing work on the next Cycle Of Pain album.
Kevin Martin has been touring non-stop with Candlebox in support of their most recent release, 'Love Stories And Other Musings,' with plans to continue touring in support of the album in 2013 as well as the possibility of releasing new material with The Gracious Few, his other project with fellow Candlebox cohort Sean "Memphis" Hennesy and Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer of Multi-Platinum band Live.
Morgan Rose certainly has had his hands full in 2012 forming a new project with fellow Sevendust brethren Clint Lowery, called Call Me No One, whose debut album, 'Last Parade' was released June 5th on 7Bros Records which was followed by a tour as well as a Sevendust tour. Rose has also had his hand involved with producing many projects, not to mention writing and recording a brand new Sevendust record, 'Black Out The Sun,' which is set to be released on March 26th, 2013.
The Infinite Staircase has been busy recording their first new album of original material, since 2009's 'The Road Less Taken,' with Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One) producing and playing drums on it as well as recording a collection of cover songs with John "JD" DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) titled 'The Dead Cricket Sessions,' both expected to be released some time in the beginning of 2013. In addition to Rose, the album of new material also features collaborations with Black Label Society & Cycle Of Pain's JD DeServio, Sean "Memphis" Hennesy of Candlebox and The Gracious Few as well as Troy Cromwell from Cycle Of Pain. The band promises more collaborations to be announced in the near future.

UFO LINE UP 2013 DATES:
Influential hard rock band UFO announce another tour through Europe for 2013 riding high on their much acclaimed 2012 chart album "Seven Deadly", which was also nominated for a Classic Rock Award in England. "Seven Deadly" is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO. Ultimate-Guitar says of Seven Deadly: "UFO has re-entered back through Earth's atmosphere to bring the world another excellent, classic sounding album and it is one you must pick up."
UFO frontman Phil Mogg's thoroughly impressive vocal performance goes hand in hand with the awesome compositions on Seven Deadly. The classic rock of "Burn Your House Down" features all the important UFO strengths, "Mojotown" sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and last but not least "Year Of The Gun" features a pointed reference to UFO's early days.
"Seven Deadly" is out now on SPV/Steamhammer as a limited edition DigiPack (incl. 2 bonus tracks), a Double Gatefold LP with printed innersleeves and coloured vinyl, standard edition and download.

The UFO tourdates for 2013 are:
21.02. GB-Bath - Komedia
22.02. GB-Bournemouth - Academy
23.02. GB-Portsmouth The Pyramids
24.02. GB-Oxford - Academy
26.02. GB-Cardiff Coal Exchange
28.02. GB-Holmfirth Picturedome
01.03. GB-Glasgow ABC
02.03. GB-Preston 53 Degrees
03.03. GB-Birmingham Institute
05.03. GB-London Forum
06.03. F-Caen Le Cargo
08.03. E-Madrid Caracol
09.03. E-Bilbao Rock Star Live
10.03. E-Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
12.03. F-Bordeaux Theatre Barbey
14.03. D-Nrnberg - Rockfabrik
15.03. D-Mannheim Alte Seilerei
16.03. D-Wilhelmshaven - Pumpwerk
17.03. D-Wuppertal Die Brse
20.03. D-Hannover - Capitol
21.03. D-Berlin K 17
22.03. D-Affalter - Zur Linde
UFO will also play on June 6th at the Sweden Rock Festival and more festival gigs will be announced soon!

RHAPSODY OF FIRE SIGNS WITH AFM RECORDS:
AFM Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary Italian Symphonic Power Metal band Rhapsody Of Fire to a worldwide deal. Rhapsody Of Fire's signature sound, consisting of Power Metal, soundtrack-like elements and classical influences gave a new meaning to the word 'epic' since the release of Legendary Tales in 1997 and was a formula that many bands tried to copy" but never came even close."
Commented the band: "After playing the 'From Chaos To Eternity World Tour 2012' all around Europe, Canada, North America and Latin America, we became even more excited and motivated to continue building our career and creating new exciting music. So now we are finally proud to announce that Rhapsody Of Fire signed with a great label such as AFM. That's a new great epic start and we already started working on different projects. More news to follow".

THE MELODIC BUZZ TO CELEBRATE 100th SHOW:
(11 December - Prescott Valley, AZ) On Saturday, December 15th at 10AM (MST) The Melodic Buzz radio show will celebrate its 100th show. For nearly two years The Melodic Buzz has rocked the airwaves of KBUZ The Buzz (Prescott Valley's Only Rock Radio Station) and online at www.zonarocks.com the stations website.
"The show is a labor of love." states show host Johnny G. "I believe in the music that is played on the show and I love bringing tunes to people who may have never heard of most of these bands."
The bands frequently heard on The Melodic Buzz get very little airplay in the Unites States, but Johnny G. hopes that changes. "There is no reason, in my opinion, that bands like Crashdiet and Eclipse can't be played on stations nationwide that play artists like Motley Crue and Poison. Or that a similar station can't sandwich H.E.A.T. in between Whitesnake and Journey."
"That's why I started The Melodic Buzz in the first place," he continues. "To give airtime to bands from all over the world who are still releasing quality melodic rock music."
The Melodic Buzz is a one hour radio show heard every Saturday morning at 10AM (MST) on KBUZ...The Buzz in Prescott Valley, Arizona and worldwide on the stations website www.zonarocks.com. For more information on The Melodic Buzz check out www.facebook.com/melodicbuzz.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MORE FROM HARRY HESS ON MOOD SWINGS ANNIVERSARY:
A little further comment from Harem Scarem's Harry Hess about the band's plan to re-record the classic Mood Swings album. From Harry's Facebook page: "A few people have asked me why we would re-record Mood Swings and we should have explained it a little further. We don't own the masters to those recordings, we don't own anything that we recorded while we were with Warner, the only way for us to have ownership and control over those songs is to re-record them. That being said, we also feel that the new recordings will sonically be much better than the originals side by side. Also to add value to the release we are recording 3 new bonus tracks as well as a DVD with recording footage and interactive audio... This is a package (and tour) to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the release not just another version of what is already available."
Stay tuned!

SWEDEN ADDS ANOTHER ROCK FESITVAL FOR 2013:
On Saturday, August 3, 2013 a new rock festival starts in Upplands Vasby Sweden - Vasby Rock Festival!
The organizers have stated: "There will be a one-day festival, with fifteen bands on two stages. The location of this event will be Vilundaparken about 10 minutes' walk from Upplands Vasby railway station. With 15 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes to Stockholm, with both E4, E18 and trains close by - it could hardly be better!
On August 3, 2013 we will open the doors to what might be the most central Rockfestival in Sweden!!
We will have beer tents and food and merchandise sales. Ticket via Tickster. Visit our website: www.vasbyrockfestival.se for more info!"

The bands that will play at Vasby Rock Festival 2013 are: Udo, Ten, Love.Might.Kill, Corroded, H.E.A.T, Civil War, Sister Sin, Los Bastardos Finlandeses, Eclipse, Fatal Smile, Casablanca, Impera, Freak Kitchen, Dynazty, Billion Dollar Babies.


RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND $100K GIFT TO THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION:
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is certainly doing its part to raise money, spread awareness, and, hopefully, one day find a cure for the same illness that took the life of one of rock's all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio.
The Dio Cancer Fund, upon its formation two years ago, pledged a total of $300,000 to the TJ Martell Foundation (an organization founded by music industry senior executive Tony Martell - who lost a son to leukaemia - which raises funds for cancer research) and had already donated $200,000 to the Foundation. The remaining $100,000, which will be presented shortly, is earmarked for the gastric cancer research efforts at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN. These monies were raised from the Dio Cancer Fund's recent annual Awards Gala and Celebrity Guitar Auction.
Tony Martell recently stated, "The T.J. Martell Foundation is honored to work with Wendy Dio and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. We are all working together to fund important stomach cancer research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center that will lead to new discoveries and hope for patients and their families. Ronnie James Dio was a friend of mine. I know he would be proud of the progress being made in his name."
On Saturday, December 1st, at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, a celebrity guitar auction was held benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund, which featured over 80 instruments donated by some of rock's biggest names, including Slayer, Def Leppard, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Aerosmith, Slash, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Tony Iommi, the Foo Fighters, and many others.
"Ronnie James Dio was such a force in music and his memory continues to conjure thoughts of rock royalty," said Darren Julien, Founder & CEO of Julien's Auctions. "It was an honor for Julien's Auctions to host the recent guitar auction that benefited The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Dean Schachtel and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Board Members put their heart and soul into the event, and the passion of all the celebrities and musical artists who donated their guitars was phenomenal. Because of this we were able to raise much needed funds for an exceptional charity and cause."
As Dio's widow and founder/president of the Fund, Wendy Dio, explains: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the musicians and managers who donated guitars for our auction. Many thanks to Darren and everyone at Julien's Auctions for printing such a beautiful catalogue and working so hard on our behalf. Thanks to Dean Schachtel and my very hardworking Board of Directorstogether we raised an amazing sum for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. We will be presenting the T.J. Martell Foundation with a check for $100,000 which, in turn, will go to the Vanderbilt Research Center for studies in gastric cancers. Ronnie would be so very proud of all of you. Early detection saves lives, and one day, with your help, we will find a cure."
The Dio Cancer Fund, a privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, also hosted its annual Awards Gala on Halloween night at the Avalon in Hollywood, which raised additional funds for its work.
WebLinks: diocancerfund.org / tjmartellfoundation.org / ronniejamesdio.com.

ROB MANCINI EP RELEASE "UNITED WE STAND":
Rob Mancini and his band have announced the production of his new 12 Track album Naked to be released around the end of April 2013. Prior to this and with Christmas coming up, the special edition 4 Track EP United We Stand will be available for download on the 15th of December on the bands' website including a special piano/orchestral version of "United we stand" and a pre-release of the track "Heartline" from the upcoming 2013 album "Naked". The EP will be followed up with a limited edition collectors' CD/LP by mid/end January.
The majority of the generated revenue of this EP will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to children in countries around the world, giving them the hope, strength and joy they need during times when they need those things the most. Each year, thousands of these wishes come true, helping communities, families and children overcome the challenges of their conditions with renewed spirits, thanks to the life-changing power of a wish.
WebLinks: www.robmancinirock.com / www.reverbnation.com/robmancinirock.

SOME NEWS FROM SLUDGE:
Metal Sludge's Top 11 Flying V Guitarists of All-Time. See who ranks where: www.metalsludge.tv/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3066&Itemid=42.

Geoff Tate's Queensryche to add Keri Kelli as new guitarist - www.metalsludge.tv/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3074&Itemid=42.

LA Guns to part ways with guitarist Stacey Blades - www.metalsludge.tv/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3075&Itemid=42.


Monday, December 10, 2012

HAREM SCAREM ARE COMING BACK!:
Harem Scarem have confirmed they are coming back in 2013, which is just sensational news for fans of the band. There is one change in the line-up however! Harry Hess tells me that bass player Barry Donaghy has left the music business. His replacement will be none other than the band's original drummer (and long time backing vocalist) Darren Smith!
The band will headline the Friday night of the Firefest 10th Anniversary show in the UK October 18, but will also play some other European shows around the same time. Harry didn't rule out a local Canadian warm up show or two either.

On a recording front, the band has already started their next project - to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the band will re-record their classic Mood Swings release - which will come out in the first half of 2013 complete with 3 bonus tracks - new songs written, as Harry puts it "...in the spirit of that time...".
Stay tuned for further updates!

FIREFEST 10 - DETAILS ANNOUNCED:
The line-up for the 10th Anniversary of the UK's Firefest event has been announced - full details on the graphic below. Click on it to get a full size image.


THE LATEST FROM FRONTIERS:
Frontiers Records have uploaded their latest promo spot to YouTube, highlighting the releases just issued:


NEW 'GUITAR WIZARDS' CD SERIES TO FEATURE DAMON JOHNSON, JAKE E LEE, BERNIE MARDSEN, GEORGE LYNCH, OTHER STARS:
December 7, 2012 - In the Spring of 2013, Versailles Records will release the first 2 volumes of an exciting new series Guitar Wizards Book I/II and III/IV, showcasing many of the country's hottest 6-string stars, including solos from such rock/metal greats as Damon Johnson (Brother Kane, Thin Lizzy), Jake E Lee (Ozzy Osbourne Band, Badlands), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper Band, Ratt, LA Guns, Slash's Snakepit, etc), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Blues Saraceno (Poison), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses, Heart, MC5), Ira Black (Metal Church, Lizzy Borden) on a track that also features Chris Slade (AC/DC), and Chris Poland (Megadeth), Glen Alvelais (Testament), and Jan Hammer (Miami Vice Theme Writer) among others, as well as lead solo-heavy originals from a wildly-talented collection of players around the world, including Richard Kendrick, Gary Schutt, David Reffett, Leaving Eden, Chris Johnson, Sean Gill, Soupbone, Arnold Marfoglia, Edward DiMenna, Eric J. Gosselin, Vid Payne, Mezzy Shredder, Aaron Seals, Atomick Cocktail, Blakenstein, Rob Burzon, The Beer Brothers, Monkeysoop, Leon Muhutdinov, Arctic Flame, MYSTIC FORCE, Erling Solem, Wicked Sins, Dead Man's Wake, Fredi Handshoe, Jason Rain, Peter Tripp, One World (R)evolution, Tony Rossi, Todd Gilmore, Scarlet Presence, Thiago Trinsi, Chris Garcia, Steve Pugh, Jason Daugherty, Richard Reynolds, Kevin Samuel, Authur Benitez, Eight Feet Deep, Jeff Terraglio, Vanja Tadic, David Russo, The Tequila Killers, Mike Stevenson, Jon Monter, Chuksingh, Michael Martinez, Robert Bussey, Nathaniel Villarreal, Conrad Swartz, Jeff Marcello, Shane Young, Stacy Noll, The Process, Steve Gregory, Mark Stowe, Don Denson, Bad Motherf#cker, Dana Roselli, ErnestoXtone Gerena, Ronny Gutierrez, Tom Kopyto, Dan Crenshaw of Garden of Eden, and Pete Pachio.

THEOCRACY: NEW CHRISTMAS SINGLE POSTED ONLINE:
The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy just released a new Christmas single called "Wynter Fever" at YouTube. The single will also be made available at iTunes during the coming week.
Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith comments on the track; "Merry Christmas to all our friends! After being trapped in the studio working on the upcoming remix of the first Theocracy album, we were itching to record a little something new as a break from working on the old songs. Since Christmas was coming up and we had a little spare time this year, it seemed like the perfect chance to deliver an epic slab of fun holiday silliness for you all. Enjoy!"
Video link: youtu.be/5jwHLsKsiCA.
For more information on Theocracy; www.theocracymusic.com / www.facebook.com/theocracyband.

TORE ST MOREN RELEASES SOLO ALBUM ON DECEMBER 14:
Guitarist Tore St Moren (Jorn, Street Legal, Carnivora) will release his solo album Devilbird on December 14. Working with Shredguy Records, the album will be available on iTunes and amazon.com, with a special collectors hard disc being released early next year.
The line up on the cd is stellar, with Tore on guitars, Nic Angileri (Gotthard, Jorn) on bass, and John Macaluso (TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark) on drums. This true power trio has created twelve soaring instrumental tracks! Special guests are: Bjrn Boge - bass; Terje Jrgensen - tuba; Hasse rbjo - clarinet; Lars Lind - lead guitar.
A true hard rock instrumental tour de force awaits fans on December 14. Stay tuned for more updates at the official Shredguy Records facebook page at www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/SHREDGUY-RECORDS/27360404129.

xx

IT'S TIME TO GET WET:
Tune back in later today for some news to ge excited about....!



Friday, December 07, 2012

INTRODUCING CODE OF SILENCE:
British melodic metallers Code Of Silence, fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (Timo Tolkki's Revolution Renaissance / Adagio / Symbolica / Lord Of Mushrooms), have signed with Mausoleum Records and Rubicon Music.
Produced by Paul Logue (Eden's Curse) and mixed and mastered by Italian hot shot producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden's Curse / Hardline / Lionville) the band's debut album Dark Skies Over Babylon is a grandiose thematic album based upon the tales of the legendary Knights Templar during the period of the Crusades. The album is scheduled for release on January 23 in Japan, February 25 in Europe and April 9 in North America.
The band also filmed a promotional video for their first single Sky Is Falling Down in early December 2012 in Glasgow with Mycho Films, which is due to be premiered in Spring 2013.
A 2-minute sample of the song "Sky Is Falling Down" can be streamed below: soundcloud.com/codeofsilenceuk/sky-is-falling-down-sample.

Alongside the experienced Monsanto, the band features young virtuoso guitarist Ben Randall (Power Quest) who turned heads when he won "The Most Promising Young Guitarist" award at the 2008 inaugural Guitar Idol competition in London at just 17 years old. With a field of over 750 international entrants, Randall wowed judges who commented on "his level of technical virtuosity at such a young age, coupled with a level of phrasing beyond his years", a hallmark of his playing throughout the Code Of Silence debut.
The rest of the band consists of Keyboardist Scott McLean (Falloch / Concept Of Time), Drummer John Clelland (The Crows / The Jack / Karma / The Troubleshooters), Bassist and band leader James Murray.

The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Omert 02. Bitter Sweet Paradise 03. Sky Is Falling Down 04. Tame The Tempest 05. Dark Skies Over Babylon 06. Seventh Seal 07. Witches Of November 08. Black Abyss 09. Knights Of The Crimson Cross 10. Midnight Cathedral (Veritas) 11. Here To Heaven.
WebLinks: www.codeofsilence.co.uk / www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk / www.mausoleum-records.net / rubicon-music.com.

xx

JEFF SCOTT SOTO TOUR UPDATE & NEW VIDEO:
A tour update from Jeff Scott Soto - "I regretfully have to announce my current bassist, Fernando Mainer, will not be able to join us for the European leg of the Damage Control tour in 2013, he has been a part of the hugely successful Spanish act Mago de Oz and their dates have just been extended over into when mine begin. We all wish him well and he'll be back in the saddle with us on the next run.
With that, I am proud to announce the person who step in for him, a great friend and musician David Z! Dave is known mainly from his band ZO2 (www.zo2.com)who have recorded a few albums, toured extensively and were the stars of their own TV show, Z-Rock. He also plays bass for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra where I got to know him well and realized he would be a perfect fit for me!
I look forward to getting back out there, by the time we hit the road, it will have been 4 years since I did a proper European run so I am counting on everyone coming out and getting ready for a heavy hitting show, it's definitely gonna rock harder than any other tour I've done to date!

Speaking of all things JSS - the singer's brand new video for the song Never Ending War (from the album Damage Control) can be viewed below:


FIREFEST 10 REVEALED SUNDAY EVENING (UK):
The Firefest 10th Anniversary Announcement show, sponsored by Fireworks Magazine, takes place on Sunday 9th December 2012 on ARfm's Steve Price Rock Show commencing at 6pm UK (1pm EST).
This year's show will be over 4 hours, co-hosted by Firefest's Kieran Dargan, and it's your chance to discover who will be playing the UK's premier Melodic Rock Festival which takes place Oct 18-20 2013 at Nottingham Rock City. Tune it at www.arfm.co.uk.


HEAVY METAL TELEVISION HITS WITH BANG:
(Phoenix, AZ - December 6, 2012) Launched a mere three weeks ago Heavy Metal Television is the talk of the internet. Since the launch, the station has garnered over 30,000 unique visitors with praise such as, "Thanks for this channel from the bottom of my heavy metal heart!", "You have become the soundtrack to my house" and "Heavy Metal Television is my new addiction" being plastered on the station's official Facebook page.
Heavy Metal Television beat Apple, Microsoft and Google in a race to start the first 24 hour web television network on Earth and people are talking. "We're getting emails from people who are basically marveling at how someone in Los Angeles is watching the same exact thing at the same moment at someone in Stockholm," says a station spokesperson. "Not 3 hours apart, not 8 hours apart and not on demand but at the exact same moment forever. That speaks volumes. The music video is reborn. 24 hour music videos on the world's only true music video channel has gone viral!"
Heavy Metal Television has no log ins, no passwords, minimal commercials, zero pop up ads and it's forever free. Go see for yourself at www.heavymetaltelevision.com.

Y&T SPECIAL WITH DAVE MENIKETTI AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DUG PINNICK:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 06th December 21:00-23:00, repeated Saturday 8th December 08:00-10:00 on www.bloodstockradio.com) features exclusive interviews with Dave Meniketti of Y&T and Dug Pinnick of Kings X and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-yt-special-with-dave-meniketti-dug-pinnick-kings-x-interview/
In the first hour, Dave Meniketti of Y&T joins Rich for a Y&T special, and chooses songs from the band's facemelting new live album "Live At The Mystic" (out now on Frontiers Records). Dave also pays tribute to the late Phil Kennemore, and talks about the past, present and future of the band.
In the second hour of the show, Kings X frontman Dug Pinnick drops in to talk about his new solo single "What You Gonna Do" (available now at www.dugtone.com), which talks about the reality of life as a working musician in the 21st century.
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from AC/DC (from the band's new live album), Rainbow, 38 Special, Shakra, Thin Lizzy, Null dB, Cheap Trick and The Outlaws.

MASS DO THEIR CHRISTMAS BIT ONCE AGAIN:
It's that time of year again and Boston rockers Mass will be donating all of this year's download proceeds of "A Very Merry X-MASS" to the victims of hurricane Sandy! itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-very-merry-x-mass-single/id447840454.
For More Info on Mass please visit www.massrocks.com or "Like" us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/masstheband.


NEW INTERNET RADIO SHOW AVAILABLE:
There is another new radio show to introduce today - Rockposer's Roulette (www.rockposer.com). Last week's show had Terry Ilous as special guest. This weekend's show has Fredrek Bergengren of Colorstone as a guest. There is also a growing written interview section on the website, with interviews by music journalist Mark Dean. The newest entry is an interview with Mike Tramp. Plus Dan Mann recently caught up with Greg Fraser for an exclusive interview following Brighton Rock's show in the UK at "Firefest" You can check it out here: frazegang.com/RPR-interview.mp3.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated once again. A few 'by request' titles this week as my PC has lost all encoding capabilities (a new one has been ordered with thanks to those that once again helped with donations). Featured is:
- Benjamin Orr - Unreleased (7 Tracks)
- Rick Springfield - Live: Supergroups In Concert 83 (Springfield, IL)
- Van Stephenson - Unreleased Demos
MRX Membership Details.


Thursday, December 06, 2012

ECLIPSE "WAKE ME UP" (OFFICIAL VIDEO):
Eclipse "Wake Me Up" (Official video) - Taken from the album Bleed and Scream - Available NOW on Frontiers Records.


INTHESTUDIO.NET RIDES THE WAVES WITH JOE SATRIANI AS SURFING WITH THE ALIEN TURNS 25:
Dallas,TX- Dec 5, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands rides the waves with guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani on the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaker Surfing with the Alien. Few guitarists possess the technical skill and melodic taste of Joe Satriani, affectionately called "Satch" by friends and fans. As his pupils (rock notables Steve Vai and Metallica's Kirk Hammett to name just a couple) became famous, Joe Satriani became recognized in his own right. When Surfing with the Alien crashed onto the shores of the rock music scene, it single-handedly closed the post-punk era where the rock guitarist had become self-conscious and clichd.
Satriani's 1987 multi-million selling Surfing with the Alien album rewarded the guitar instrumentalist, putting him in a unique class of gifted axemen and providing huge opportunities to spread his musical wings. Joe Satriani recalls to Redbeard what Surfing did to his career. "To tell you the truth, it was great. It sure beats obscurity and poverty! (laughs). I mean, I wouldn't complain for a second about that. Because suddenly people were playing me on the radio, guys like yourself were pioneering the record out there. That's really the goal, to get people to start hearing your stuff."
The full Joe Satriani / inthestudio program is available to stream online at www.inthestudio.net as part of InTheStudio's Medium Rare series. This program is in two parts and contains music and interviews.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
NEH Records announces FREE SHIPPING for all orders shipping within the United States in effect until Christmas Day. www.nehrecords.com.

The original Queensryche is in the studio right now recording their album. They started on Sunday Dec 2 according to twitter.com/ToddLaTorre. Demo clips have already been relesed to positive fan reaction.

The Decibel Geek podcast has released Episode 62 Vinnie Vincent Special Vol. 4. Included in this special is an interview with Hirsh Gardner, drummer for late 70's band New England. Hirsh has direct ties to both Kiss and Vinnie and worked creatively with Vinnie on a number of occasions. Also included in the show is a discussion with Tom Silver who was a National Marketing Representative for Chrysalis Records in the 80's while Vinnie Vincent Invasion was on their roster. Tom shares his memories of working with the Invasion as well as the incarnation of Slaughter. www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/12/episode-62-vinnie-vincent-special-part-4.html.

Drumageddon Queens: Drummer Battles Self at Unisphere Video Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2fz1wYzs3s. Drumageddon Queens Behind the Scenes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FVJYoommXA.


TONY HARNELL NEWS ROUNDUP:
News from Tony Harnell: "We've all done so well getting to 87% of our goal with our Pledge Music Campaign and that's an amazing accomplishment but we really need to get to 100% and beyond, not only to make the EP happen, be able to get it out there the way we want, but also to help our charity. If you're a fan then I know you'll want to own this amazing EP anyway, you can do as little as pledge for the download for only $8 or the CD for $12, of course you can do more and there are lots of cool incentives to browse through! It's really simple to sign up, so go to the link and have a look around. Not only will you be getting the EP when it's finished, you'll also be immediately invited into the experience of the making of the EP! Updates posted usually twice a week sometimes more!
We are working our buts off to make a great piece of music for you all, but we need your help to get it done. So please check out the link and join us on this journey. Your pledge can make all the difference in us getting to 100%. Won't you be a part of this great project? www.pledgemusic.com/projects/tonyharnell
Also, check out a fantastic new clip I received of Ron "Bumblefoot' Thal and I playing a cool medley in Las Vegas a few weeks ago! www.youtube.com/watch.
And I've sung on an awesome new and very heavy version of the Goo Goo Dolls classic "Iris" for the upcoming Liberty And Justice CD, which also includes a host of names you know well doing some fantastic covers and original songs, it's a 2 cd set and is available now here: www.libertynjustice.net.
Also I have been made an ambassador for The Time Is Now Peace Summit and will be performing shows across the globe for this important movement. Check out website here and scroll down to see I am the featured artist: www.timeisnowsummit.org.
Remember we have some shows coming up, notably starting with New York City at The new Cutting Room, get tickets here: www.ticketfly.com/event/190153-tony-harnell-wildflowers-new-york/


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

JORN GOES SYMPHONIC OFFERING HIS FANS A NEW RETROSPECTIVE ON HIS CAREER:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of a very special album from Jorn entitled Symphonic on January 25 in Europe and January 22 in North America.
Symphonic is not a proper new album, but rather a selection of tracks taken from Jorn's previous studio releases, which have been carefully selected by the Norwegian singer himself and painstakingly remixed in order to add a grandiose classical orchestra arrangement to the existing Hard Rock structure.
"I didn't want to choose the most obvious Jorn songs, as I didn't want this album to come out as a typical "best of" release", explains the Norwegian singer. "Some songs that are not too typical in a Jorn context, were chosen simply because some great songs often tend to be forgotten and therefore deserve a second chance".
Tracks like "I Came to Rock", "Burn Your Flame" and "Behind the Clown" especially are presented in a very intriguing and different new dressing, which enhances the variety and depth of Jorn's classic songwriting and performance style. In Jorn's words: "I Came To Rock, might now even remind the listener of a Broadway musical, not coming from a heavy rock band like Jorn. The new version of "Behind The Clown" shows how much as a young boy I have been fascinated by Kate Bush. "Burn your flame" instead came out really fresh and different, compared to the original version on Spirit Black from 2009."

Symphonic also includes an unreleased track: a cover version of Dio's Rock n Roll Children. "I hope you will enjoy the album and maybe you will even rediscover some songs you had forgotten" concludes Jorn.
Symphonic tracklisting includes: I Came To Rock; Rock And Roll Children; The World I See; Burn Your Flame; Man Of The Dark; My Road; Time To Be King; Black Morning; Like Stone In Water; Vision Eyes; War Of The World; Behind The Clown; A Thousand Cuts; The Mob Rules.
The first single off the album "I Came to Rock" can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio.

xx

AOR HEAVEN ANNOUNCES NEW 2013 RELEASES:
AOR Heaven are happy to announce a couple of new signings for releases during the first quarter of the year 2013. Besides the new releases from Shylock - Walking Tall and Taste's self-titled debut album which are both due on January 18, 2013 new AOR/Melodic Rock highlights from Heartbreak Radio, Wild Rose and BAI BANG will follow in February and March.

Heartbreak Radio will return with their sophomore release "On Air" in February 2013. This album is the follow-up record to the band's highly acclaimed self-titled debut album which was released back in 2005 on AOR Heaven and can be highly recommended to any fans of Westcoast/AOR icons from the late 70's such as Journey, Pages, Toto, Bill La Bounty, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald & Bill Champlin.
The vocalists on "On Air" are Jim Jidhed (Alien), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream), Pierre Wensberg (Elevener, Radioactive), Henrik Baath (Dark Water) und Martin Gabriel (solo) with Mats Johansson (Asia) on guitars, Berra Holmgren (Ace Of Base) on bass, Peter Strandberg (Jeff Scott Soto) on drums, Johan Axelsson on keyboards and Wojtek Goral (Stevie Wonder) on saxophone. The album was produced by Claes Andreasson (Last Autumn's Dream) and Johan Axelsson.

After the successful release of "Into The Night", the solo album by guitarist Andy Rock in Autumn 2012 on AOR Heaven, his main band Wild Rose will return with their second studio album entitled Dangerous in February 2012. This is the first release feat. British vocalist David A. Saylor on the mic.

Swedish Glam heroes Bai Bang have finished the recordings for the 7th yet untitled studio album which will be released in March 2013 on AOR Heaven. More new on this release will follow soon!

NEW LIBERTY & JUSTICE DEAL:
LNJ Records and Roxx Records have joined forces just in time for the holidays to bring you Liberty N' Justice's massive double CD, The Cigar Chronicles (26 songs/ over 70 guest artists).
"The Cigar Chronicles" will be the "LAST" all-star CD as LNJ stops being a project band and becomes a real band. With an official release date of 2-26-13, Liberty N' Justice's official website (www.libertynjustice.net), Roxx's online store (www.roxxproductions.com), and some online stores will be releasing the CD early. Anyone ordering the CD early from either the LNJ site or Roxx, will receive the digital files the same day they order the CD!
You can hear song samples at www.facebook.com/libertynjusticerocks including a "Free Christmas Song Download" that has JK Northrup's monster guitar playing and arranging with "the voice' of the new LNJ, David Cagle!
Roxx will all so be selling an exclusive autographed copy for the first 100 purchasers plus a special package with a new Roxx LNJ release Before The Revolution: Best of LNJ the early years. (roxxproductions.storenvy.com/collections/1982-preorders)

Here is what people are already saying about "The Cigar Chronicles"...
" Oh...so...CRANKABLE! The Cigar Chronicles: Volume 2-The Originals is as near to perfection as 2012 has seen. Crank this masterpiece to 9.5 (outof 10).." - Arttie Parker, Glitter2Gutter
"buying 'The Cigar Chronicle' is a must! It is definitely one of the best albums of 2012! No fillers, all killers!"- Kurt Morgan Skaringrud, www.metal-metropolis.com
"The Cigar Chronicles is one of the musical highpoints of 2012...CRANK IT UP (9 out of 10)" Keven Crothers, White Throne Metal Reviews
"Murr and the LnJ project are going out big (4.5 out of 5)" - Craig Hartranft, DangerDog
"my overall opinion of The Cigar Chronicles is GET ITT GET IT NOW! This is so good" (5 out of 5) - Tom Johns, Dead To Self Radio
"Best Christian Rock/Metal Album of 2012 -The Cigar Chronicles by Liberty N Justice." - Mark Lewis, Rock Over America
"What we have in the original material is perhaps the best collection of LNJ songs to date (90% originals/80% covers)"- Andrew Rockwell, Angelic Warlord
"must check out for any fan of Hard Rock (8 out of 10)" - Deny, MyGlobalMind
"On his latest musical project, The Cigar Chronicles, Justin Murr once again uses his skills to put together an all star cast of musicians and pounds out a collection of 26 both original and cover songs that really rock it out." - C.W. Ross, Let God Rock Your World


CORABI SOLO AND ACOUSTIC IN DENVER:
John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream, Union, ESP, Ratt) will perform a special unplugged show this Saturday December 8th at The Hoot & Howl Club in Denver Coloardo. Actor & musician Christopher C. Romero (Halloween 2, Killer Ink, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, Drug Under, Lynch Mob, Romeo Delight, Jimmy D Anda) will open the show. John is on tour in support of his 1st solo CD, Unplugged. The club is also doing a special benefit for Toys For Tots (each toy donation day of show gets you a free drink), tickets are just $10.00. John will be on 106.7 KBPI radio in Denver on the Uncle Nasty show this Friday, December 7th, for tickets & more information please visit: www.kbpi.com or www.hootandhowl.net.

JACKSON BROWNE TOPS OFF THE TANK 'INTHESTUDIO' ON RUNNING ON EMPTY'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY:
Dallas, TX - Dec 4, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Jackson Browne's bestselling album Running On Empty on it's 35th anniversary. Coming off his solo breakthrough album The Pretender, the Southern California singer/songwriter suddenly found himself a single parent with a 3 year old son and a widower following the suicide of his wife. Conventional wisdom would assume that any one of these challenges alone could require an entertainer to put his or her career on hold indefinitely, yet Jackson Browne did exactly the opposite. He went on tour to work through his personal struggle and his creative pause, where the road offered a routine, structure and distance from the pain. Browne's idea to write and record on the road would garner two Top 20 singles, "The Load Out/Stay" and the # 11 charting title track "Running On Empty".
Jackson Browne remembers the concept for the album Running On Empty to program host Redbeard: "It wasn't called Running On EmptyBut it was going to be a live album, with live versions of songs that had already been recorded, and new songs, and jams, and some of the hilarious things people say."
Jackson Browne Running On Empty-InTheStudio program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/jackson-browne-running-empty-35thanniversary-2/

RANDY RHOADS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE OPEN HOUSE - DECEMBER 6-8:
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 4, 2012) Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D'Argenzio and her husband Richard D'Argenzio's wine tasting room in Burbank.
The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 6 and ends Saturday, December 8 open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.
The D'Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.
A special note from the Rhoads family: The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive. Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~ Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D'Argenzio~
Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads' neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: "Mr Crowley" and the hit "Crazy Train". Rhoads left us March 19, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving us a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people He was a true hero and legend.
Please join us December 6 through December 8 and pay respects to Randy Rhoads and his family for his birthday at the: D'Argenzio Tasting Room, 1204 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506, 818 846 8466 3pm to 9pm
For more information on Randy Rhoads click www.randyrhoads.us or www.dargenziowine.com.


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

THE ABACHALYPSE IS COMING!:
Legendary rock vocalist Sebastian Bach is currently working on the upcoming release of a brand new DVD/live CD package: ABachalypse Now is scheduled for release in Spring, 2013 via Frontiers Records. The DVD/CD includes never-before-seen footage from this year's GrasPop Festival in Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Club Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV). The exact track listing and table of contents is forthcoming. Bach commented, "I am so excited for all of you to witness and experience ABachalypse Now. We have included three recent concerts and the footage is totally kickass! It's remixed and remastered for full audio and video quality. The performances and energy of the crowds are killer throughout the DVD and you really feel like you are at the shows. Prepare yourselves for the coming ABachalypse now!"
Sebastian Bach's latest album, Kicking & Screaming, was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and debuted in the Top 75 of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Outburn declared, "Sebastian Bach delivers a balls out gang of mountainous hooks, titanic grooves and straight down the middle hard rock", while Revolver avowed, "Bach's voice is in particularly fine form on Kicking & Screaming, boasting more color and range than most" Bach was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW's hit series "Gilmore Girls", starring roles on Broadway ("Jekyll & Hyde", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") and national touring companies ("Jesus Chris Superstar"), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
Bach on the web: www.sebastianbach.com / www.facebook.com/sebastianbach / www.twitter.com/sebastianbach / www.reverbnation.com/sebastianbach / www.frontiers.it.

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ALIEN DEBUT RE-ISSUED WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK THIS MONTH:
One of the best AOR albums of the 80s - Alien's self-titled debut - will be re-released in its original form, with the first cover on EMI / No Remorse Records, December 14.
An absolute rare AOR gem from one of the most popular Swedish melodic bands, finally available again!
Alien were one of the first Swedish acts to sign a worldwide major label deal. Alien debut album is a rarity these days Until now! Including melodic classics that speak straight to the heart like "Feel My Love", "Tears Don't Put Out The Fire" and "Brave New Love".
Booklet comes with photos and lyrics.
To order or for more information, visit: label.noremorse.gr / www.noremorse.gr.


LORDI ON THE ROAD IN 2013:
The first confirmed Lordi headliner tour dates for 2013 have been announced:
03.04. D-Hamburg - Markthalle
05.04. D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
06.04. D-Offenbach/Bieber - TV Turnhalle Bieber
07.04. D-Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
11.04. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
12.04. D-Burglengenfeld - VAZ
13.04. D-Leipzig - Hellraiser
17.04. CH-Pratteln - Z7
19.04. ITA-Roma - Orion Club
20.04. ITA-Treviso - New Age Club
21.04. ITA-Milan - Alcatraz
Tour to be continued, watch out for further Lordi news.

LANCE KING'S RADIO SHOW "THE S.H.O.P.P." GETS A UK AFFILIATE:
Lance King is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about Lance is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he's proved this over the years by adding a very "special something" to every album he has been a part of.
In addition to being the owner of Nightmare Records and a singer Lance also hosts his own weekly syndicated radio show "The S.H.O.P.P.". "The S.H.O.P.P." (Stellar Hour of Progressive Power). "THE S.H.O.P.P." is sponsored by Nightmare Records focusing on the artists on Nightmare and artists on other labels Nightmare distributes. The show features yet to be released albums, new releases and some older things now and again. The Weekly show is replayed several times throughout the week on different stations, new shows start on Sundays since the show started originally on MetalExpressRadio as "The Sunday Hour Of Progressive Power", it's blossomed out to many other stations now, and continues to grow.
Today Lance is pleased to announce that his show will now be syndicated in the UK on EKR Internet Radio. The show will start airing Friday December 7 at 11:00 PM UK Time and will re-air at 2:00 AM Sunday morning UK Time.
Lance is very excited to bring "The S.H.O.P.P." to British audiences:
"I'm excited about getting an affiliate in Great Britain, it's one of the places I spent a lot of time while in Balance Of Power, more so recording and hanging out, and exploring doing shows, but did a few of those too. EKR is an extremely pro-run internet station, all those working there come from Broadcast backgrounds, and they've taken the best of what both mediums offer or have offered, and bring that to the listeners. Since they are internet, they're another international station for "THE S.H.O.P.P." so one can hear it anywhere..(just a matter of time conversion computations) which we happen to have on our schedule pages to help (since it confuses the hell out of me personally haha)."
Lance's Links: tinyurl.com/LanceKingVox (Facebook) / tinyurl.com/S-H-O-P-P-Facebook (S.H.O.P.P. Facebook) / www.NightmareRecords.com.

EAGLES DOCO DUE FOR SUNDANCE:
Park City, UT (December 3, 2012) The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has announced the selection of the new documentary History of the Eagles Part 1 for its Documentary Premieres section at the renowned annual movie industry celebration in Park City, UT. Providing an intimate look into the history of the group and the legacy of their music, the Eagles partnered with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) to produce a fully authorized, feature-length documentary entitled History of the Eagles Part 1. The film will debut on the silver screen, presented by Acura, on January 19 at 9:45 PM in the Eccles Theater.
History of the Eagles Part 1 explores the band's creation and rise to fame in the 1970s through their breakup in 1980. More than 25 new interviews were conducted with all current and former band members, as well as with many others who have been closely involved in their history. In addition, the documentary features previously unreleased home movies and archival footage, including a rare 1977 concert film from the Hotel California tour. Personal photos, video and memorabilia amassed by the Eagles over the course of their career will also be seen for the very first time.
Directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney, History of the Eagles Part 1 was created with a top-notch crew of filmmakers including: Blair Foster, Executive Producer; Alison Ellwood and Ben Sozanski, Editors; Karim Karmi, Co-Producer; and Erin Edeiken, Line Producer.

"For the last 5 years, and intensely this past year, we have been putting together this document of our history with Alex and Alison, who have contributed their incredible talents to help us tell our story," said Glenn Frey of the Eagles. "We're all very pleased with the progress so far, and are excited to see the finished product at Sundance."
The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earned five No. 1 U.S. singles and six Grammy Awards. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band's Hotel California and Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 have sold more than 16 million and 11 million albums, respectively. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Daniele Liverani: Video of new unreleased song Unbreakable just released: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmQgnFQkCR8.

Progressive metal band Hypnotheticall inked a deal with logic(il)logic Records to publish its new album "A Farewell To Gravity", scheduled for release in early 2013. The band, featuring Arthemis drummer Francesco "Kekko" Tresca, published its first full-length album "Dead World" in 2009. On the band's YouTube channel you can watch "Let Life Be An Origami", the first extract from the upcoming album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z4WVvvQYus.

After spending a very eventful and busy year 2012 promoting their latest album release, "Bilateral", acclaimed Norwegian Progsters Leprous have now started their recording sessions for the upcoming, still untitled next studio album, to be released before the Summer 2013 worldwide via InsideOutMusic. www.leprous.net.

Mitch Lafon's Dropping the needle podcast interview and exclusive performances with GNR's Bumblefoot: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYDYvjdHMg0.

The first live DVD by the legendary British band Tank is now available in Europe (in USA on December, 11th). The material entitled "War Machine Live" features live performances filmed in Poland in 2011 and 2012 plus band interviews, on the road footage and more. As part of the promotion of the DVD and their most recent album "War Nation", Tank prepared a video for the title song taken from the album. You can see the preview of the DVD in this location: www.tankofficial.com.



Monday, December 03, 2012

ATTN: COMIC/ART ILLUSTRATOR & ANIMATORS:
I have been on the lookout for an experienced comic book illustrator/artist/animation expert to work with. I have a series of ideas to work on with such an artist, so if you are involved in comic book art or know of someone that is, please get in touch.
Over the past 12 months and have found a few very talented guys in the process. Sadly of the ones I've really felt matched what I was looking for were otherwise occupied with their own projects and couldn't take on anything new.
If you are interested in hearing about a series of projects I have in mind and are experienced in comic book art/animation and have the ability to take on these new jobs, please drop me a line!

TEN ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE FURTHER EUROPEAN LIVE DATES FOR 2013:
Ten are proud to announce further European live dates for 2013. This time it is the turn of Athens in Greece to host the band. Once again, History is being made as this will be Ten's first ever visit to play live for the rock fans in Greece.
Ten will perform two consecutive nights of live music. The band will be arriving in Athens on Thursday, February 28th, when they will perform a 'free' intimate acoustic gig for the fans. This has become a tradition lately on the eve of their electric live shows.

On the following night, Saturday March 1st, Ten will perform their explosive live show for the first time in Greece at the world famous Kytarro Live venue. Support acts on the night will be Soundtruck and Cyanide 4. The Promoters have already stated that they expect maximum capacity as the demand for tickets is skyhigh despite the fact that they have not yet gone on sale. Dimitris Chronis (High Voltage) said "over 25 bands have already asked for the support slots available and Ten have attracted over 20 radio and media sponsors for this event."
Ten are continuing to show that they are en route to reaching a bigger and larger audience. Promoters are coming forward from many territories and inviting the band to bring their live show to the fans.


ROBERT PLANT PRESENTS SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS:
Following the announcement of his appearances on Byron Bay's Bluesfest and the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Fremantle, Chugg Entertainment are today thrilled to confirm that rock legend, Robert Plant, will also be performing a series of headline shows in Australia & New Zealand along with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. The tour kicks off at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 26 March, then Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday 28 March, Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday 3 April before finishing up the Australian leg at Launceston's Silverdome on Friday 5 April. It then heads to New Zealand to play shows at the TSB Arena in Wellington on Tuesday 9 April and Auckland's Vector Arena on Thursday 11 April.
Why is it that we're still hanging on every word Robert Plant sings? Why are his recordings so eagerly anticipated over 40 years into his career in popular music? Two reasons stand out above all others
First; his voice. Surely the predominant element in reaching listeners, in making a connection with each individual, is a compelling voice. Plant's vocals are compelling in spades: the tone, capable of everything from heartbreaking tenderness to a trademark edginess, the phrasing that lends a distinct urgency, and, perhaps most importantly, the sense of poetry, of mystery. The second reason for Plant's enduring ability to draw us in is that through all these years, he's remained curious - really curious. Not content to reconstruct one of the most successful bands in the history of rock or even to stay with a particular sound for too long, Plant seems to have an unquenchable thirst for music that moves him - whether it is to be found in Northern Africa or deepest Appalachia.
Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966, and the following year formed a group called Band of Joy with drummer John Bonham. Soon Bonham and Plant joined forces with guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones to form The New Yardbirds, which not long after became Led Zeppelin. Since the band's separation in 1980 following Bonham's death, Plant has spent 32 years travelling the world drawing from unique and exciting musicians from around the globe, continuing the musical evolution that kicked off 45 years ago. Forever putting his wide-ranging musical fascination to good use on solo albums, with Jimmy Page, and in recordings with bands like The Honeydrippers, Priory of Brion, and Strange Sensation.
Plant continued to expand his horizons with 2007's collaboration with Alison Krauss on Raising Sand. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the album's unlikely but magnificent blend earned innumerable critical raves as well as six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for Please Read the Letter, a Plant/Page song). In 2010 he released an album with the Band of Joy co-produced by his band mate Buddy Miller (electric guitar, baritone, 6-string bass, mandoguitar) and with fellow musicians Darrell Scott (acoustic guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo, accordion, pedal steel and lap steel guitar), Byron House (bass), Marco Giovino (drums and percussion) which also received 2 Grammy Award nominations.
The Sensational Space Shifters are his latest project, a loose band "inspired by the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton and drawing on influences collected in a lifetime of meander and journeying." Along-side Robert are his semi-regular guitarist Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara from Gambia, Justin's Ritti - playing partner in their duo Juju.
Exciting audiences around the world, he presents songs from his early days in Led Zeppelin to his more recent adventures in the heart land of the US, in dizzy collisions of rhythm and power. His current companions have created a performance that digs deep into the roots of the blues, turning ancient, dark music that inspired so much of British and American rock on its heard. He mixes crazy trans-rhythms and psychedelic to create a powerful and unique adventure.
Band Line Up: Robert Plant - vocals, harmonica; Juldeh Camara - ritti (one-stringed African Violin), kologo (African Banjo), talking drum, vocals.; Justin Adams - guitar, bendir, vocals; John Baggott - keyboards; Liam "Skin" Tyson - guitar, vocals; Dave Smith - drums and percussion; Billy Fuller - bass guitar, vocals.
Tickets & more info: www.chuggentertainment.com/tour/475.

NORWAY`S PREMIER ROCKERS RELEASE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM "R.O.C.K.S" WORLDWIDE ON DECEMBER 4:
Norwegian classic rock band Humbucker release their highly acclaimed debut album R.O.C.K.S worldwide on December 4! The album is released on their own label, Humbucker records, and distributed by german based Musicbuymail and US based Perris Records. The album will be available from wherever you buy your fine music and the reception so far has been over the top.
Reviewers from Japan, Germany, UK and US claiming the album to be the best to come out of Norway in more than ten years! The album was recorded in Oslo-Norway at Urban Sound Studios and produced by Thomas Wang, one of Norway`s finest producers. Mixing and mastering of the album was done by legendary US producer Beau Hill.
Hill has produced albums from bands like Winger, Ratt, Warrant, Europe, Gary Moore, Alice Cooper and so on, and he gave the band the 80`s feel they were looking for. The artwork was made by reknown UK artist Hugh Gilmour who has done designs for Uriah Heep, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and many more. Humbucker is said to be Norway`s coolest rock band and they are the most hard working band in the land. 2013 will see the band take on Europe with touring being planned as we speak.
R.O.C.K.S has got thumbs up worldwide and has brought the band airplay from Japan to USA. The album will be sold from any serious record store around the world and the band being compared to AC/DC, Kiss, Bad Company, Mtley Cre, Cinderella and others, the album could be a good choice for your Christmas present this year to someone who love music and would appreciate something special rather that the mainstream record. Check out more information about the album at the bands official website www.humbucker-rocks.com.

GUITARIST RICH ANTONELLI TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM DEBUT TO HASBRO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL:
Former $kyhigh guitarist and current lead guitarist for Bon Jersey (Bon Jovi Tribute), Rich Antonelli, is set to release his first solo album in 2013 to benefit the pediatric GI department at Hasbro Children's Hospital (Providence, RI). "Voiceless" is Antonelli's foray into the guitar instrumental genre. However, Antonelli intends for the album to be different from what most people expect from a guitar based CD. "I love listening to all the great guitar players that have put out albums that really showcase their playing. I'm a big fan of that stuff. What I wanted to do with "Voiceless" is create a batch of songs that the average music listener will like. Usually, guitar instrumental albums are geared towards other guitar players. Each of these songs is written to give the listener the chance to interpret the songs in their own way. There are verses, chorus', bridgesmuch like the way songs are written for radio. The album will have 10 tracks plus a bonus tune and will range from 80's style rockers to acoustic ballads to a piano based tune."
Antonelli is recording the entire album with minimal budget. "I didn't want to put any money into studio time, gear, etc. I'd rather all monies go to the cause. I have some great friends that are helping me either with their time, gear or knowledge. 80% of the album is being tracked at my home "studio" on a laptop. It's amazing what you can do with technology these days."

All proceeds from CD sales or mp3 downloads will be donated to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI. At the time of this press release, Rich has raised close to $1,000 through CD pre-sales and is hoping for that number to consistently grow. "I really hope people will share the details about this project with as many people as possible...use email, Facebook, Twitter, even text messages to get the word out. The money that I raise is going directly to Crohn's research and you get some music for your donation."
Why Hasbro? "My inspiration for doing this CD is my daughter, Gabrielle. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease [nearly three years ago] at the age of 7. The staff at Hasbro has been tremendous to us, from the doctors, nurses and entire staff. Crohn's disease has no cure but our family believes that with enough support, that will change in the future. Gabrielle recently had her 10th birthday and handles everything like a pro. This is the least I could do as a father to help her and other kids that are learning to live with this disease."

Please visit Rich's website at www.richardantonelli.com for much more information, including mp3's, bio and contact info. You can also follow Rich on Twitter @richantonelli If you're a fan of Bon Jovi, you can also check out Rich at www.bon-jersey.com.

DENIED TO DEBUT EP:
Denied, the Swedish metal band featuring vocalist Johan Fahlberg (Jaded Heart), bassist Fredrik Isaksson (formerly of Therion and Grave) and guitarist Chris Vowden (formerly Opeth), has released a three track digital EP "Judas Kiss", via Sliptrick Records. The EP was recorded with producer Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed) and was mastered at Dugout Productions.
Links to Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/denied-sweden/denied-judas-kiss.
WebLinks: www.deniedworld.com / www.facebook.com/deniedworld.

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GIANT X STUDIO EPK PART 1 RELEASED:
Today Giant X release the first studio EPK.....a lot more will follow: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYY6hEyweyc&feature=youtu.be.
A release party for the new album will happen on January 19, 2013 at Ballroom Hamburg/Pyrates at Fischmarkt, Hamburg Germany - 09.00pm - entrance is free - www.ballroom-hamburg.de.
Fans will have the chance to hear the whole album and to win some competition items. Also Peter Jordan and Rock NRolf will come in person for a signing session.

Giant X is the spectacular new band founded by Running Wild`s Rolf Kasparek and Peter J. Jordan. Giant X's debut album I will be out on Steamhammer/SPV as a super jewel case and download on January 18 in Germany, January 21 in Europe and January 22 in USA/Canada and is set to delight particularly fans of traditional hard rock.
Song Snippet: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/giant-x-on-a-blind-flight / Album Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPpZm9A8aLc.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Check out the new Liberty & Justice website at www.libertynjustice.net and pre-order the band's cracking new release The Cigar Chronicles.

Power trio Subjektive have made something of a statement with the release of their debut EP 'My Perception' in late 2010. Playing large shows since their E.P release and the bands formation, Subjektive have been steadily gaining a large loyal fan base worldwide. The band has even coined its own name for the particular style of music they play -- Rock Driven Metal. It's the perfect description of music that is both a melodious form of metal combined with a powerful, in-your-face attitude. Subjektive's album is out NOW through Alliance entertainment and RDM entertainment as well as ITunes, Amazon, Google play, cdbaby and many more online and retail stores (special order). For more information on where you can purchase the album go to www.subjektive.com.

Another Steelshine song is finished - this one called Ain't Gettin' Any Younger. After spending the better part of the summer doing King Kobra's second album for Frontiers (due next year), guitarist David Henzerling is back to finishing up the rest of the Steelshine songs for a complete package he hopes to release in early 2013. This latest song features vocalist Jeff Scott Soto singing a duet with Steelshine's Seann Nicols. soundcloud.com/driverwild/aint-gettin-any-younger.

3 Shades Of Blues is guitarists Kevin Russell, Jimmy Crespo & Rick Vito - www.3shadesofblues.blogspot.com - Shows coming 2013 throughout the U.S.

Here is a link to a rather lengthy interview Reggie Boyle conducted with CJ Vanston - Producer of Steve Lukather's new CD re: the upcoming release among many other things: www.stevelukather.net/Interview.aspx?id=108.

Here is the brand new and exclusive Video for Busted by X-UFO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-011phIUTE. Hope you like it and will and will continue to support us into 2013 and beyond! New studio album out Spring 2013! www.xufo.co.uk.

A young country singer is making waves in Nashville - amongst her tunes is a pretty cool cover of Queen's I Want It All: www.reverbnation.com/alexesaiken.

Swedish melodic/country band Hicks (featuring Miqael Persson and Erik Martensson) has been nominated for "Favorite Country Band Or Duo" on Independent Music Network. More at: www.hickscountry.com / www.facebook.com/hickscountry.

JON ENGLISH AND SPEARFISH AT SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2013:
UK born Australian Jon English became a household name in Scandinavia in 1980, when he when he appeared in the lead role of the incredibly popular TV mini-series Against the wind as the convict Jonathan Garreth. Together with writing partner Mario Millo he also wrote the theme song of the series, Six Ribbons, which became a number one hit in six countries. In Sweden and Norway he became something of a superstar. He had his big breakthrough in Australia as an artist as early as in 1972, when at the age of 22 he was given the prestigious and demanding lead role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. The show's success kept him busy for the next five years, touring all over Australia and New Zealand. During the same time, Jon also recorded four albums. But after his third chart topping hit single, Words are not enough, and an Australian tour with Thin Lizzy in 1977, he took a break from music to focus on his acting career.
In the 80's, Jon returned to rock and got widespread recognition in most of the western world. Now the time has come for Jon English to return to Scandinavia and at his Sweden Rock Festival debut he will be backed by Swedish hard rockers Spearfish, so expect some powerful rock music spiced with Jon's outstanding and soulful whisky-laden voice. And yes, he will play Six ribbons!


Friday, November 30, 2012

BRITISH HARD ROCK SUPERGROUP SNAKECHARMER DEBUTS WITH A SELF TITLED ALBUM:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Snakecharmer's self-titled debut album on January 25 in Europe and January 22 in North America.
Originally founded in 2011 by former Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray, the Snakecharmer super-group also includes Chris Ousey (Heartland), Laurie Wisefield (ex-Wishbone Ash, Tina Turner), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Harry James (Thunder). With members gigging record breaking tours, earning double platinum selling albums and playing to crowds of 100,000.

"I met up with NeilMurray a couple of years ago and we spokeabout playing a few gigs together for fun and old times' sake", says Micky Moody."The obvious choice wasearly Whitesnakematerial, so when Neil suggested Laurie Wisefield and Harry James I jumped at it.Chris Ousey was highly recommended andAdam had depped for Company Of Snakes some years back.We went out as Monsters Of British Rock mostly performing thesongs of early Whitesnake, Thunder, Heartlands and a Laurie Wisefield original and we caught the attention of Martin Darvill, head of QEDG Management, who suggested we record an album of original material, which we did. The result is Snakecharmer on the Frontiers label".

Musically this debut album is everything you would expect from musicians with such a pedigree: a finely crafted Hard Rock album with Blues and Melodic overtones, akin to Whitesnake (1979-81 era), Bad Company and with hints of early Foreigner as well.
"The songs on our debut album reflect the kind of music that the members of the band want to play, which is melodic rock with a blues influence", adds Neil Murray. "Each of us has played many different styles of music, and our influences are varied, but Snakecharmer originally came together to play mainly early Whitesnake songs, so that is our starting point. There wasn't a deliberate plan to write songs in a particular style; each song on the album started as a basic idea by one or two band members, and if the other guys were enthusiastic about the idea, then the song would be worked up into a finished song".
Snakecharmer debut album is therefore shaping up as an unmissable purchase for the classic Hard Rock lovers. You can enjoy the band's EPK following the link below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIXuZGPo8Hw.

Snakecharmer tracklisting includes the following songs: My Angel; Accident Prone; To The Rescue; Falling Leaves; A Little Rock & Roll; Turn Of The Screw; Smoking Gun; Stand Up; Guilty As Charged; Nothing To Lose; Cover Me In You. White Boy Blues ~ bonus track.
The first song off the album Accident Prone can be exclusively listened to, streamed on the Frontiers Records web-radio. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio.

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO 'DAMAGE CONTROL' IN EUROPE 2013:
It doesn't take too long for news to break in the music business and already the social media is beginning to buzz with details of a forthcoming tour by American melodic Rock Star Jeff Scott Soto his first full European tour since 2009. Although its been in the planning for months, the singer's organisation is only now ready to release the outline of what promises to be a stunning road trip right around Europe.
Jeff will be touring with the most recent band line-up comprising; Jorge Saln (Guitar), Fernando Mainer (Bass), BJ (Guitar/Keys and vocals) and Edu Cominato (Drums/Vocals) and will be showcasing his current solo album; 'Damage Control' as well as tracks from across his solo and front-man roles right across his outstanding career. Also, Frontiers Records has officially issued the third and final video from the Damage Control album, 'NeverEnding War'. The song was written by JSS and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger) and also features Jeff's son Jason and stepdaughter Grace within the contents of the video. It can be found from Nov 30 on www.frontiers.it or JSS sites listed.
To add to the excitement of this particular tour, the majority of dates will be supported by none other than his guitarist Jorge Salan's solo trio as well as an exciting new band from Athens, Greece called Danger Angel!

Soto recorded vocals to one of Saln's songs on the Chronicles Of An Evolution album back in 2007, which is what led to bringing him into JSS's band, and Jorge's newest album, Sexto Asalto (Sixth Assault) will be available along with his other releases at each show. To watch the latest video/single 'Cero 16', visit www.jorgesalan.com.
Danger Angel came to Jeff's attention back in 2009 when he was asked to participate on a track for their 2010 debut album. The band parted ways with their vocalist and brought in a more prominent vocalist named 'MT' to help them find a new direction and focus, recruiting Soto to produce their follow up album, Revolutia, of which Jeff was "beyond proud to be a part". Jeff also sings most of the backing vocals on the album as well as sharing some lead vocals on the single 'When I'm Gone'. Visit www.dangerangelband.com for more details about this upcoming new band.
It is with great pride that Jeff is 'presenting' these two acts as a sort of 'Soto-palooza' roadshow in which he implores: "Everyone to be on time for a great night of music and many surprises throughout the show, it will be an evening of great rock 'n roll, fun and memories so get there at the time the venues say to get there!!"

Details of some venues are yet to be announced but what follows is the tour listing (check Jeff's website www.jeffscottsoto.com):
04/04/2013 Thursday UK Belfast 'The Limelight' (TBC)
05/04/2013 Friday UK Birmingham 'The Asylum'
06/04/2013 Saturday UK London 'Camden Underworld'
07/04/2013 Sunday UK Rotherham 'Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival'
11/04/2013 Thursday NL Kerkrade 'Rock Temple'
12/04/2013 Friday BE Vosselaar 'Biebob'
13/04/2013 Saturday DE Hamburg 'Headbangers Ballroom' (TBA)
16/04/2013 Tuesday DE Essen 'Turock'
17/04/2013 Wednesday FR Cergy Vaureal (Paris) 'Le Forum'
19/04/2013 Friday DE Lichtenfels 'Paunchy Cats'
20/04/2013 Saturday HU Budapest 'Club 202'
22/04/2013 Monday SRB (TBC) (TBC)
24/04/2013 Wednesday BG Sofia (TBC)
25/04/2013 Thursday GR Thessaloniki '8ball'
26/04/2013 Friday GR Athens 'Kyttaro Live'
29/04/2013 Monday IT Milan 'Blue Rose Saloon'
02/05/2013 Thursday ES Barcelona 'Sala Razzmatazz 3'
03/05/2013 Friday ES Valladolid 'Sala Porta Caeli'
04/05/2013 Saturday ES Santiago de Compastella 'Sala Capitol'
05/05/2013 Sunday ES Madrid 'Sala Caracol'


NEW ROCK SUPERGROUP SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING (S.U.N.):
New rock supergroup Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.) is set to digitally release their debut full-length self-titled album Tuesday, November 20 on Robo Records. On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 the CD will be available physically with distribution through Fontana/Universal Music Distribution. As the band's first single "I'm The One" continues buzzing at radio nationwide, S.U.N. has also announced a week-long string of West Coast promo tour dates, kicking off Friday, November 16 in Las Vegas. They'll also host a special record release party 11/20 at the Key Club in Los Angeles. Here's a video to promote that show: youtu.be/efS6dPhlitA.
Legendary multi-platinum selling Canadian vocalist, Juno Award winner and "Canadian Idol" judge Sass Jordan, has teamed up with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, known for his tours of duty with Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy and currently Whitesnake, to record an album of anthemic rock songs, under the band name S.U.N. Previously working together is what drove Jordan and Tichy to collaborate on new music.
"I had played drums on Sass' Rats record" explains Tichy. "I knew she was one of the best rock singers out there. So after many years, we reconnected and tried a bit of writing together."

Both felt that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away so they hunkered down for two weeks to write. "We didn't realize where we were going when we started out," says Jordan. "As we continued the songwriting path from the quintessential rock tunes 'Burned' to 'Mobile Again' to 'Nomad' and on ... The whole thing started to take shape in the form of a 70's odyssey, a time travel trajectory."
Completing the all-star ensemble is bassist Michael Devin (Whitesnake, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) and drummer Tommy Stewart (Godsmack, Lo Pro, Everclear, Fuel).
Jordan has an innate talent capable of conveying powerful emotion through heart-stomping, primal, rock-and-roll singing. S.U.N's debut album, self-produced by Jordan and TICHY and recorded in Canyon Country, CA, is explosive, crushing, real and soulful with its natural fusion of blues and rock. Jordan's vocal intensity proves a perfect match for the high-energy guitar playing of Tichy and her bandmates which provide the unique music palette that is S.U.N.

S.U.N. Tour Dates:
Fri 11/16 Las Vegas, NV Vamp'd
Sat 11/17 Costa Mesa, CA Venue TBA
Sun 11/18 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
Tue 11/20 Los Angeles, CA Key Club

S.U.N Tracklisting: 1. Burned 2. Crazy Head 3. Nomad 4. Did Me No Good 5. Mobile Again 6. I'm The One 7. If I Was You 8. The Beginning of The End (Instrumental) 9. Razed 10. Wide Ocean 11. No Way Home 12. S.U.N. 13. Goodbye.
WebLinks: www.somethinguntonothing.com / www.facebook.com/pages/SUN-Something-Unto-Nothing/177605938956922/ twitter.com/teamsassjordan / www.reverbnation.com/sunsomethinguntonothing.


RHINO BUCKET NEW RELEASE AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
July 24, 1990 - Rhino Bucket's original line up performs a blistering set at the infamous Coconut Teaszer on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA. The set was recorded and aired on a prominent radio program, but aside from some scattered bootleg cassettes, the tapes were all but lost - until now!
Remixed and remastered, Sunrise on Sunset Blvd. captures the original Rhino Bucket line-up fresh off tour and at the top of their game - driving guitars, tight rhythms and big choruses. In support of the record, Rhino Bucket will perform their ENTIRE first album - as well as selected tracks from subsequent releases.
In stores Feb 2013, pre-orders ship early January!
WebLink: www.rhinobucket.com.

INTERVIEWS WITH VICIOUS RUMORS AND NIGHT RANGER ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 29th November 21:00-23:00, repeated Saturday 1st December 08:00-10:00 on www.totalrock.com) features exclusive interviews with Geoff Thorpe of Vicious Rumors and Jack Blades of Night Ranger and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-geoff-thorpe-vicious-rumors-and-jack-blades-night-ranger-interviews/
In the first hour, Vicious Rumors mainstay Geoff Thorpe discusses the band's new live album, "Live You To Death", recorded in December 2011 on the band's tour with Hammerfall, and also talks about their plans to release a new studio album in 2013. Geoff also chooses songs from the album, including two live cuts and a studio version of a Dio-era Black Sabbath classic.
In the second hour of the show, Night Ranger frontman Jack Blades will be choosing 4 songs from the band's new "24 Strings And A Drummer Live And Acoustic" CD/DVD, which sees the band's trademark vocal harmonies and shredding solos all present and correct even in an acoustic setting. Jack also talks about the recording of the album, their recent UK shows, and their plans for a new studio album.
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from AC/DC (from the band's new live album), Issa, Aerosmith, 21 Guns, Danger Zone, Dio, Blue Origin, Manowar, Absolva, The Righteous Hillbilliesn, Paragon.

MRX & SHOWCASE UPDATED:
MRX has been updated once again:
- Danger Danger - Naughty Naughty Demos + Live
- White Lion - Pride On The Loose (Live 1987 - 10 tracks)
Plus the following new Video Clips: Perfect View - Hold Your Dreams, Soleil Moon - History Repeats Its Pages, Love Might Kill - XTC, Little Caesar - American Dream, Ghost - Brand New Start and Issa - Can't Stop.
MR-X Membership Info.

2 New CD Showcases online today. The debut from Swedish rockers Edge (due January from Escape Music) and the indie released Doug Varty Band album - out now. Check them out.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

CRASHDIET COMPLETE THEIR SAVAGE PLAYGROUND:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Crashdiet's anticipated new studio album The Savage Playground on January 25 in Europe (excl. Scandinavia) and January 22 in North America.
A leading force in the Swedish "sleaze rock" scene of the 2000s a revival of the glam metal of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element Crashdet for the first time manage to release their brand of down and dirty Rock and Roll simultaneously all over the world.
In April of 2010 the band's third album "Generation Wild" pretty much summed up the extraordinary but yet tragic history of a band, determined to never give up their dream. Crashdet has become known as a band with a huge following of diehard fans, and the massive interest for them never seems to fade.
There has been extensive touring during the course of "Generation Wild" and the absolute highlight saw the band conquer Hollywood and New York City with sold out shows at Whisky A Go Go and Webster Hall. The band also supported their heroes Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. "Supporting Motley Crue in Helsinki and headlining Whisky A Go Go have been the highlights of the Generation Wild tour", says guitarist Martin Sweet.

With the new studio album The Savage Playground, recorded during summer/autumn 2012 in native Sweden, the band has their minds set to break through on a world-wide basis with a tour that will see the band going back to the US as well as going to Japan for the first time. "We will put a lot of effort into the US for our new tour. We will start in Scandinavia in February, Then we head to the US & Canada. Coming back end of April to do UK and then Europe and Japan will follow with Festivals in the summer and then South-America to kick off in the autumn" continues Sweet.
The new album sees Crashdet going in a heavier and more live direction musicwise. "The Savage Playground is our playground, it's the beginning and the end, it's the place where we eat and breed", tells Martin Sweet. "We thought the time was right for us to do a edgier and not so polished sounding album, kinda like what we sound like live. It's more organic and rough sounding. And of course we're always evolving as musicians and like to try new ways of expressing ourselves, and that can most definitely be heard this album".

Anticipated by the release of the cracking first single Cocaine Cowboys on December 12, The Savage Playground will include the following tracks: Change The World; Cocaine Cowboys; Anarchy; California; Lickin' Dog; Circus; Sin City; Got A Reason; Drinkin' Without You; Snakes In Paradise; Damaged Kid; Excited; Garden Of Babylon.

Crashdiet: Martin Sweet - guitar, Peter London - bass, Eric Young - drums, Simon Cruz - vocals.

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BON JOVI ROLL OUT NEW LIVE ALBUM AHEAD OF STUDIO OPUS:
A newly announced and released Bon Jovi live album Inside Out has been released. Sadly not classic era recordings - all recent stuff. And why is JBJ the only band member pictured on the cover? The track listing is: Blood On Blood, Lost Highway, Born to Be My Baby, You Give Love a Bad Name, Whole Lot of Leavin', Raise Your Hands, We Got It Going On, Have a Nice Day, It's My Life, I'll Be There for You, We Weren't Born to Follow, Wanted Dead or Alive, Livin' On a Prayer, Keep the Faith.


AIRLESS DELIVERS CHANGES IN FEBRUARY:
Airless has just finished the recording of their fourth album entitled Changes to be released on February 15 thru Lion Music. The album will contain 11 tracks of genuine and melodic Hard Rock. Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) recorded some lead vocals on the track "Changes". The cover artwork was handled by Felipe Machado (Blind Guardian, Rage, Rob Rock...).
Start Again is the albums lead single www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipDGvOj0dW4&feature=plcp.
WebLink: www.airlessband.com.


STREET LEGAL - THE ARCTIC THUNDER TOUR 2012:
Street Legal will play the worlds northernmost venues! After releasing the highly acclaimed albums Thunderdome and Bite the Bullet on Frontiers, Street Legal has been very busy on the local scene in Oslo, Norway establishing a new line-up for the band. "Finally it seems that we have the right mix of balls, finesse and energy" says mainman Bjorn Boge (bass/vocal). Featuring the mighty Tore St Moren (ex-Jorn) on guitar and newcomer Espen Rogne (NTN) on guitar, and brother Oystein Boge (drums), Street Legal is now ready for some heavy touring.
"The response on the new line-up is just phenomenal" claims Bjorn Boge. "Can't wait to scare the polar bears!"

The Arctic Thunder Tour 2012:
November 30 - Huset, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
December 1 - Huset, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
December 7 - City Scene, Alta, Norway
December 8 - Redrum, Hammerfest, Norway
Street Legal will also do a Xmas-show @ Olsen, Oslo, Norway on December 28. Expect some very special guests!


DECIBEL GEEK INTERVIEWS PRODUCER TOBY WRIGHT:
The Decibel Geek podcast has released Episode 61 Interview with record producer/engineer Toby Wright. In this episode Chris and Aaron sit down for an in-depth, engaging conversation with Wright about his multi-platinum, award-winning career that includes projects with artists such as Metallica, KISS, Motley Crue, Korn, Alice in Chains, and Ozzy Osbourne among many others.
Jar of Flies, the acoustic-based 1994 EP from Alice in Chains, was a pivotal release for the "Grunge" era as it proved that there was more to this new genre from the Pacific Northwest than overdriven, sludgy guitars and doom & gloom vocals. Toby Wright's involvement in this album, as well as its creation, was a very organic thing. In this discussion you will hear Toby's memories of how all parties involved went from zero preparation to writing, producing, and mixing a full EP in just 10 days. Jar of Flies has since gone on to sell over 4 million copies and remains one of the most relevant releases of the early 1990's.
Toby Wright was right in the middle of burgeoning genre of nu-metal in the mid to late 1990's with his work with bands like Sevendust (Home, 1999) and Korn on their massively successful 1998 release Follow the Leader. Wright remembers being aware of what he wanted to do with Korn's sound right away. "Personally, I thought that the sound was a little sloppy. I was looking to make it bigger and fatter." Raising Korn's production level with a thicker, deeper sound, Wright's work paid huge dividends and Follow the Leader caused Korn to explode in popularity and has gone on to sell over 14 million copies.
Some projects that Toby Wright was involved in have been mired in controversy from fan circles and in this long-form discussion, he shares his take on some long-running rumors and speculation.

In 2005, Ozzy Osbourne's camp released the Prince of Darkness box set. This package was intended to be all-encompassing of Osbourne's career and included studio tracks, live tracks, b-sides, demos, duets, and cover songs. Toby Wright was brought in to produce the new material for the box set. In this discussion, Wright remembers back on Ozzy's displeasure over the speed at which the basic tracks were prepared and the encounter with Sharon Osbourne that led to his dismissal from the project.
Slayer's 1994 Divine Intervention album is discussed in this interview with Wright reflecting on Tom Araya's thought process in the lyrical composition as well as the painstaking process of mixing the album numerous times to make Slayer and American Records owner Rick Rubin happy.
One longstanding question among Metallica fans is in regards to the bass sound, or absence thereof, on the ...And Justice for All album in 1988. Rumors have abounded over the years that then-new bass player Jason Newsted was enduring a rough hazing by guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich as the reason for the burying of Newsted's bass tracks. Toby sets the record straight on this rumor and also looks back on the grueling hours spent as an engineer on this album perfecting Ulrich's drum parts; "We actually walked out of the studio with about 45 seconds worth of recorded music per day. 6 months to do drums, my friend."

We finish things off with a heavy discussion of two Kiss albums that Wright was involved in; the polarizing Crazy Nights (as an engineer) and Carnival of Sous (as producer).
Crazy Nights, released in 1987, seemed to be the apex of Paul Stanley and co. chasing trends. Featuring pop-friendly hooks and over-the-top guitar acrobatics from lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, Crazy Nights was a bold attempt to take KISS back to the forefront of the musical mainstream. With slick production, catchy songwriting, and top-notch production courtesy of Wright's engineering and Ron Nevison's production; the album had all of the ingredients needed to be a hit. But, alas, it wasn't meant to be as KISS had a hard time shaking their previous reputation as an old arena act and longtime fans of the band were turned off by the slick sound of the album. In this interview, Wright recalls his time working on the album, his history with Ron Nevison (over 25 albums together) and fondly remembers his brief time working with the late Eric Carr; "He was just an amazing dude. I remember laughing quite hard in the studio a few times."
Finishing off the interview is an in-depth discussion of the 1997-released (but 1995-recorded) Carnival of Souls album. This album will always be somewhat of an anomaly in the KISS canon due to the circumstances in which it was made. Recorded as the follow-up to the critically successful Revenge album from 1992, Carnival of Souls featured KISS going a much darker route. In this conversation, Toby Wright shares his memories of making this album, its material, his take on the fans' opinions of it as well as Paul Stanley's not-so-kind words on it. Wright was also present in the studio the day that the final offer for KISS to reunite came through and shares his memory of Gene Simmons breaking the news to Bruce Kulick and drummer Eric Singer and their reactions.

Before we go, we get a quick take on Toby Wright's attitudes and opinions about the music industry today, what he thinks of the do-it-yourself state of recording, what he looks for in a band, and details about current and future projects.
Toby Wright's full discography and news of current and upcoming projects is available at www.tobywrightmusic.com.
The Decibel Geek Podcast is a free classic rock and heavy metal music discussion podcasts. New episodes are available weekly and all episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, as well as the official Decibel Geek Podcast website at www.decibelgeek.com.
Direct Link to Episode: traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Episode_61_-_Toby_Wright.mp3.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MUSIC BUY MAIL - IMPORT SERVICE:
Music Buy Mail are pleased to announce several new import titles from the "MBM Import Service" program featuring outstanding new independent hard rock and metal releases.

Recent best sellers include: Syn City Cowboys - Blow Me Away (Kansas band for Hinder fans); Shotgun Alley - Damnation (New Zealand band, Bon Jovi fans); Something To Burn - Transitions (great L.A. hard rock); Seven Year Riot - Seven Year Riot (from Canada, Shinedown fans); Barbe Q Barbies - All Over You (all-girl hard rock like The Runaways); Atlas - Against All Odds (great hard rock from Spain like Whitesnake); Rockstar Superstar Project - Serenity (ex-Savatage & TSO members); Electrik Dynamite - Hair Denim Sex Metal (great Aussie hard rock); Loudguns - Broken Highway (great Scandi hard rock from Finland); Lies Of Smiles - Cross And Claw (classic UK hard rock like UFO); Mike Ruocco - The Risk. (solo release from Cinder Road vocalist).

We will be offering several more titles in the coming weeks to include many more great independent bands including Mr. Scary, L.A. Cobra, Red Hush, Vaduz, Black Tora, Robby Valentine, Switzerland Rocks, Peep Show, Unchain, Pleasure Addiction, Worlds Apart, Modified, Reason, LoveTurnsHate, Evans Blue, Downtread and many more.
The MBM Import Service features bands without record deals that are not usually available in established rock shops. These limited and hard to find titles are definitely worth investigating as there are some real gems among these bands.
To see the complete MBM Import Service list please click on the following link: www.musicbuymail.eu/index.php?r=12.
CONTACT: Sebastian Eder Music Buy Mail e.K. order@musicbuymail.eu / www.musicbuymail.eu.

ASIA ANNIVERSARY TOUR HITS UK IN DECEMBER:
Asia, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (bass, lead vocals) start their 30th Anniversary UK Tour on December 15. The tour celebrates their 1982 eponymous debut album (now released as a new collectors' edition) and their critically acclaimed new studio album 'XXX'. Tickets are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com.
Tavistock The Wharf Dec 15 (Sold Out)
Holmfirth Picturedrome Dec 16 (Sold Out)
Edinburgh Queen's Hall Dec 17
Salisbury City Hall Dec 19
Birmingham Town Hall Dec 20
Manchester Royal Northern College of Music Dec 21 (Last Few Tickets Remaining)
London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire Dec 22
Thirty years after its eponymous debut album, ASIA ascended to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart (where the album was #1 for nine weeks). The new album, 'XXX', featuring artwork by the legendary Roger Dean, has been hailed as ASIA's best album since their early 80s classics.

DAVID KILMINSTER, GUITARIST ON ROGER WATERS' THE WALL TOUR, RELEASES DEBUT SOLO CD:
November 26, 2012 - London, UK - Guitar virtuoso David Kilminster, best known for his work with Roger Waters and Keith Emerson, has released his debut solo CD titled Scarlet The Director's Cut. David's radical techniques and mesmerizing sounds have captivated fans and fellow musicians alike worldwide. Named "Guitarist of the Year" by Guitar Magazine in 1991, the recognition propelled him on a super-charged career as a multifaceted guitarist, vocalist, writer, engineer, and producer. Credited by keyboard legend Keith Emerson for inspiring him to go on the road again, David is a familiar figure worldwide to fans of progressive rock. And now, much to the elation of his fans, David is releasing an innovative new CD that will amaze all who listen!!
Says David about his new CD, "I guess the album 'Scarlet The Director's Cut' is just a reflection of all the wonderful music that I grew up listening to on the radio, along with some deeply personal lyrics. It also represents the first time that I've ever been let loose in a studio, so I was definitely like a kid in a candy store!!! Hence trying a whole bunch of things I've never done before...like singing lead vocals, playing piano and even scoring for a string quartet!"
Fans and critics agree that David Kilminster is one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge from the UK. He is a sought after collaborator, band member and solo performer. After touring for a number of years with such luminaries as John Wetton, Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer, and ELP keyboard Keith Emerson, in 2006 David went on the road with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters as lead guitarist and vocalist in the extraordinary global staging of 'The Dark Side of the Moon'. More recently David was seen atop a thirty foot wall playing guitar on Roger Waters 'The Wall - Live' tour, which became the highest grossing tour of the year, playing to over 3 million people worldwide!!
David's work is in a class by itself, encompassing technical mastery and enormous power. His vast musical influences are strongly felt on his new album. Says David, "I have a very eclectic list of influences. Musically, it's anywhere from Debussy to Bjork, Chet Baker to Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley to Queen...it's all in there, mixed up in my own unique way..." As far as the title goes, David explains, "I really love the provocative images that the word 'Scarlet' conjures up in my head... it's a very passionate color, and brings to mind characters such as 'Scarlet O'Hara' in 'Gone With The Wind', 'The Scarlet Woman' (the goddess from the mystical system of Thelema), Scarlet Johansson (very cute!!)... and also the Sir Conan Doyle book 'A Study In Scarlet', which I believe is where Sherlock Holmes was first introduced. In a way the last reference seems particularly apt, as I feel like this album is my first real introduction into the world of music..."
In closing David has this to impart to his fans and listeners, "There's so much of my heart, soul, passion and energy in this recording... you can almost see my DNA in the grooves of the CD!!! So I really hope you enjoy the listening experience..."
To purchase David Kilminster 'Scarlet The Director's Cut': www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=3897 / Also available on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/album/scarlet-the-directors-cut/id578776042.

KILLER BEE INTERVIEWED ON AIR:
Legendary Melodic/Hard Rock band from Sweden Killer Bee returns dynamically into the Music Scene after 15 years and talks exclusively and about everything on BeRock Radio.
Question: It's now 15 years since your album "World Over Revolution". Kind Of a lot hiatus. Why did you take you so much about a new album?
Answer: We came back after a tour in 98 and basically walked away from the band and each other at the airport. There was a lot of tension in the band due to money, management and drugs. It was time to turn the page, we never said it was over but it was meant to happen. We all needed to move on and be away from each other, so we started up doing other projects by ourselves.. But we've stayed in touch as much as possible over the years, and the chemistry has always been there, so finally we ended up together again me, Brian and Morgan with new re-enforcements.
Full Interview: minizine.berock-live.com/html/interviews/pages012/killer_bee.html?tag=result;title;0.

DEEP PURPLE TRIBUTE BAND IN BELGIUM MAKING WAVES:
Deep Purple Tribute band Purpleized from Belgium are making waves in their homeland. The band has a setlist based on all DP albums, starting from In Rock and ends with The Battle Rages On, the last album with Blackmore. The band says: "We have a big Hammond organ as well and very great guitar player, who comes really close to RB. We plan to play some shows in the future with some Ex-DP members."
A website is currently under construction and a Facebook page is being set-up to launch with some audio samples and a small movie: www.facebook.com/Purpleizedofficial.
Gig's coming up next year are:
16/01/13 - The Klinker, Aarschot (BE)
22/02/13 - The Borderline, Diest (BE)
12/03/13 - Live radio show at BNL Radio, 30 min show with interviews.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TIME TO GET W.E.T. AGAIN SOON:
The brand new eagerly awaited sophomore W.E.T. album Rise Up is done! It is due for release via Frontiers Records in February and promises to be another prime slice of melodic hard rock with Jeff Scott Soto stating: "I think the contrast is great and shows more growth as a 'band'" and as for songs "...all I know is we love them all."
I've got 4 tracks form the album to talk about and believe me - these are something very special indeed. It looks like the band have gone out of their way to make sure the classic debut has a companion.

Learn To Live Again - An uptempo melodic rocker with a driving verse and an explosive, harmony filled chorus that equals anything from the debut, just with heavier riffs! Erik throws in a few vocal lines and the guitar solo is fantastic. Harmonies everywhere.
Rise Up - A darker and moodier melodic hard rocker that flows along until a hard edge riff jumps in before a punchy but simple chorus. Lots of keyboards deep in the mix and lots of musical layers to absorb.
Walk Away - Beyond fantastic. A classic song from the first listen. A heavy and bombastic intro and hard riffing guitars and a thumping drum sound before a chorus so unbelievably catchy commercial Journey style chorus kicks in.
Love Heals - An amazing ballad that matches the quality of the debut with ease. A haunting JSS vocal and lead guitar fill as the song builds to a dynamite, multi-layered emotional chorus. Another classic for fans of the debut and JSS!

Lots to look forward to.....stay tuned for an audio preview asap!


QUEENSRYCHE [NOTE - GEOFF TATE BAND] TO EMBARK ON 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF OPERATION: MINDCRIME:
Further laying down the gauntlet and keeping the music he's created over the past three decades alive, Queensryche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate will be taking the newly-announced line-up on the road next year to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band's epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime. The tour -- with dates slated to begin in April (see below) -- will feature the arsenal of bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche/Myth) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) along with special guest appearances and plenty of surprises.
"It's great to be performing with all of these guys who have been true friends for years," comments Geoff. "Kelly, Randy and I formed Myth more than 30 years ago and I've known Rudy and Bobby for several years as well. I think we are all inspired by the collaboration and couldn't be more excited to bring it to our fans next year."
In 2006, Queensryche brought the theatrical interpretation of the Mindcrime saga to audiences all over the world. A year later, the band would release Mindcrime at the Moore, a double DVD featuring the theatrical performances of both Operation: Mindcrime I & II albums that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Music DVD Chart. The DVD set would mark the band's first #1 chart debut, quickly achieving gold status, selling over 50,000 units.
The performance of Operation: Mindcrime next spring will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as "Revolution Calling," "Operation: Mindcrime," "I Don't Believe in Love," and the closing track, "Eyes of a Stranger."
It will also feature other selections from the Queensryche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime II.

The news of the 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour comes just a few weeks after Tate's eagerly-awaited sophomore solo release, Kings & Thieves, was released on InsideOut Music (11/6/12). His first solo release in more than a decade, Kings & Thieves is a journey into the mind of one of rock's most dynamic vocalists. "My goal with this record was to make a solid rock album," says Tate. "I wanted it to be an album that I could play live that would be both satisfying and fun because, as a singer, you need to create a show that has a lot of dynamics to it and takes people on a ride." Hang on to your seats.
It's been said that "a rolling stone gathers no moss," and that couldn't be more true of Tate, as he hit the ground running in mid-October for an intensive trek of tour dates in support of Kings & Thieves, expected to last throughout the year.
Among the highlights of the current tour were several Canadian dates with the legendary Alice Cooper earlier this month. For all confirmed performances, please see www.queensryche.com or www.geofftate.com/tour.

25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013*
April 6 - Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
April 11 - Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
April 12 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 - Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 - Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
April 16 - Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
April 18 - The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
April 19 - 4th & B in San Diego, California
April 20 - Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
April 21 - Fillmore in San Francisco, California
*More dates to be announced.
www.queensryche.com / www.geofftate.com / www.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial / www.twitter.com/GeoffTate.

Comments From The New Line-Up Appearing In 2013
"Geoff and I first met in 1983 when Queensryche toured with Quiet Riot. I immediately admired his voice and dynamic stage presence. It's truly an honor and privilege to join the new Queensryche line-up on its wondrous musical journey." --Rudy Sarzo--
"Geoff and Queensryche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I'm very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys." --Bobby Blotzer--
"I'm really amped! This is an awesome group of people who are all very skilled in the craft of making music. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it!" --Kelly Gray--
"After not only being great friends with, but also a huge fan of Queensryche since their beginning, and for years working behind the scenes for this groundbreaking and quintessential progressive rock band; it is such a honor to now be working within the band, especially with the incredible level of musicianship and amazing talent of the new lineup!" --Randy Gane--

TEN OPEN BRAND NEW WEBSITE:
Ten are delighted to announce the launch of their new Official Website www.tenofficial.com. It will include an online store for limited edition products and exclusive merchandise, as well as featuring the brand new Ten TV. To kick-start this launch we have a prepared a special featurette. It is a 'musical montage' of Ten's recent triumphant return to Madrid in Spain where the band played two historic and hugely memorable nights for their fans. The featurette showing the true intimacy and warmth that Ten share with their loyal fanbase. Two very special nights for all involved. Rock On The Mighty Ten Army!
The band's next gig is the prestigious Hard Rock Hell in Wales on the 30th November. Ten will also be imminently announcing a string of live dates across Europe for next year. Sweden and Greece to be the first of many.
Followers of the Ten Creed watch this space for there's a Stormwarning coming your way in 2013.


SONY JAPAN PREPARE BLU-SPEC RE-ISSUES FOR 2013:
Although these releases feature no new remastering, there are more Toto and Journey re-issues due from Japan using the new Blu-Spec CD format. Blu-spec CD2 is the next generation Compact Disc that employs the Phase Transition Mastering, the technology developed for mastering of Blu-ray discs, to further perfect the acclaimed characteristics of Blu-spec CD. Fully compatible with standard CD players, Blu-spec CD2 completely alters the experience of music.
Toto Blu-spec CD2 reissue series featuring albums "Toto," "Hydra," "Turn Back," and "Toto IV."
Cheap Trick / Cheap Trick at Budokan [Blu-spec CD2]
Journey - Part of a 3-album Journey Blu-spec CD2 reissue series featuring albums "Departure," "Escape," and "Frontiers."
To pre-order - visit CD Japan.

YNWIE'S LEAD VOCALS - HEAR PREVIEW NOW:
Amazon are known for their low quality soundbytes, but even those can't hide what sounds like a pretty poor sounding new Yngwie Malmsteen album. Samples from the December released Spellbound are now online at: www.amazon.co.uk/Spellbound/dp/B00A8WJP4W. You can also check out what Yngwie sounds like as a vocalist, but based on these samples, his vocals are very badly produced and are way down in the mix. I will have to wait and hear the proper audio and hope its better quality.


YES MEN GET CLOSE TO THE EDGE ON IT'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY 'INTHESTUDIO':
Dallas, TX - Nov 26, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands gets a first-hand account from Yes current and former members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, and Bill Bruford about perhaps the pinnacle moment for progressive rock with the release forty years ago of Yes Close to the Edge. Coming off the breakthrough success of the band's Fragile album just nine months earlier, Yes had now gained a level of commercial capital that they intended to spend. It wouldn't come in the form of three and a half minute pop songs, instead appearing as an album of only three songs. Close to the Edge would debut at # 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and crown YES as progressive rock royalty for decades to come. Jon Anderson tells InTheStudio host Redbeard that the band did not intentionally aspire to create complex lengthy songs.
"We were making music and we'd stop when it was finished and look at each other and say, "Well that's great, what is it?" And (producer/engineer) Eddie Offord would say,' it's twelve minutes long.' Wow, well, we'll just tighten that up a bit and its ten minutes long. Wow, we were more surprised than anybody that it was long. We just made music until it was finished."
YES Close to the Edge-InTheStudio program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/yes-close-edge-40th-anniversary/

SEBASTIAN BACH TALKS SKID ROW REUNION HOLD-UPS:
Sebastian Bach talks to Eddie Trunk - as posted at Metal Sludge - www.metalsludge.tv/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3057&Itemid=42
On Dave "Snake" Sabo & Skid Row reunion/offers to play shows in Europe:
Bach says: "Well if you wanna know the truth. We (Skid Row) were offered. Two.....I never got any offers. Ever. Until last summer. Then two offers came in. Two shows in Europe. That were HUGE! We (Skid Row) got offered to play Sonisphere Festival in England. It was Kiss, Skid Row & Faith No More. Another show too. Faith No More went on their website, and said "We're playing Sonisherr in England" and they printed the poster. And it had the Skid Row logo on it, underneath Kiss."
Bach adds: "So, my manager says, "call these guys". So I called all of them. First I called Scotti (Hill) and I talked to him, for like 30 minutes. It was great. Great conversation. Amazing conversation. I've always known Rob (Affuso). And Snake and I...have always, we've never had a problem me & Snake. Maybe a little bit here and there. But nothing major. We've always got along really good. And then I called Rachel (Bolan) the bass player too and left two messages on his phone. And I heard back from everybody except for Rachel. So we didn't do the shows. That was last summer, and umm..(big sigh)"
Bach continues: "I saw Snake at the Loaded show. I saw Snake for the first time in 16 years. It was great. I was with my chick (Minnie). We talked. Hugged each other, And did a bunch of photos. He was totally cool. It was great. Just two days ago, I got the first text from Snake in 16 years. (laughter). The last time he text'd me, cell phones weren't invented. So, the last time Snake text'd me it came across my fax machine. Which is totally true. (more laughter)"
Eddie Trunk then asks: "Are things (with a Skid Row reunion) just in limbo you think?"
Bach says: "There is one dude, out of five, that doesn't want to do it. It's so simple. That's what's happening. I will always be the singer of Skid Row no matter what. There is no other guy."

NEW LITTLE ANGELS LIVE DVD DUE:
To coincide with the 'One More For the Road Tour', Little Angels are pleased to announce that they will soon release a brand new, limited edition, 'One More For The Road DVD'. The DVD will feature the band's full triumphant 'Download Festival' live set from earlier this summer along with a brand new exclusive behind the scenes documentary. No stone is left unturned as the band talk about their journey from the early days in Scarborough through to the highs of a number one album and touring the world. For the first time the band open up about the emotional rollercoaster of the final gig at the Royal Albert Hall in 1994 and how the death of Michael Lee, years later, brought them all back together again. The DVD will show never seen before 'home movie' footage of the band at work, rest and play as well as bringing together for the first time ever, all thirteen video clips from the bands singles collection. It will truly be the 'must have' DVD for any Little Angels fan...
WebLink: www.littleangelsofficial.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=7&Itemid=102.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Australia's touring market is getting truly flooded with artists in the first half of 2013. Now you can add Santana together with Steve Miller Band, who have announced their 2013 New Zealand & Australian tour for March.

Andrzej Citowicz just released his Christmas EP "Christmas Kisses" ( incl. new version of Silent night and Jingle Bells plus 2 new premiere songs), EP is available on iTunes and Amazon! Enjoy. www.amazon.com/-/dp/B00AAWBOWQ. On SoundCloud you can listen to short samples from "Christmas Kisses" soundcloud.com/andrzejcitowicz/christmas-kisses-ep-teaser.

Metallers Iconic Tonic wanted to share their new track FLY with you. They are working on their sophomore album and this is kind of a teaser track. It is available for free download at www.reverbnation.com/iconictonic.

The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Greg Fraser, guitar player from Brighton Rock, Helix and most recently his new group Fraze Gang where he also handles the lead vocals as well. Greg sits down with Decibel Geek writer Wally Norton to discuss his Fraze Gang's new album. Also included in the interview is some discussion on guitars, his meeting legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio, his history in Brighton Rock and even his time in Helix. dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/11/shredder-greg-fraser-on-fraze-gang.html.

IT'S OFFICIAL: FINN ZIERLER, FORM NEW SUPER GROUP:
After 6 years of absolute silence, Beyond Twilight mastermind Finn Zierler has returned from the shadows with Zierler Projects. Zierler Projects is a progressive metal super group consisting of:
Finn Zierler - Keyboards (Beyond Twilight); Bobby Jarzombek Drums (Rob Halford, Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos, Sebastian Bach, Iced Earth); Per Nilsson Guitars and Bass (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa); Kelly Sundown Carpenter - Vocals (Beyond Twilight, Darkology, Epysode, Outworld) and Truls Haugen Vocals and Bass live (Insense, Circus Maximus).
Zierler Projects was a closely guarded secret until the first matrix's formation was announced on 26th. November 2012. Zierler said, "I've had the idea in mind for some time now. All the guys in the matrix are amongst my personal favourites and have been it for years. As with any supergroup, bringing together the best talent doesn't mean things will work out - however in this case it did. It's an absolute pleasure to work with each one of these great musicians - on every level."
Zierler describes the music - "It's a journey through my musical moods, sometimes brutal, nightmarishly technical, crushingly dark and very progressive. The performances on this album are simply inhuman, just a smashing and fantastic job by everyone involved."
Zierler Projects has just launched its official website www.zierlerprojects.com - there you can find an exclusive teaser from one of the tracks "A New Beginning" on the forthcoming album.
Other News! The lyrics to the track "Aggrezzor" have just been released on Zierler Projects official Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Zierler-Projects/501376979896876.


PAGE READIES NEW LED ZEPPELIN REMASTERS:
Jimmy Page recently confirmed that he's remastering all nine Led Zeppelin albums, with each set being readied as deluxe, expanded editions featuring, "extra music and bonus material." Page, who produced all of Led Zeppelin's live and studio albums, has served as the band's chief archivist and personally oversaw the remastering of the band's catalogue back in the nearly '90s. In Page's new interview with RollingStone.com, he explained, "The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago. That's a long time. Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."
According to Page, Led Zeppelin did not record a lot of additional songs for each LP, "but there was an overage of material different versions of things, different approaches to the mixes," Page explained. The unreleased material includes early alternative takes at Headley Grange, the English manor where Zeppelin recorded some of their most iconic work, particularly their 1971 untitled fourth album.
"The classic there was 'When the Levee Breaks'," Page told RollingStone.com, "where the drums were set up in the hallway. You know what it sounded like immense from the recorded version. But we used the drums in the hall for a number of things, like 'Kashmir' [on 1975's 'Physical Graffiti'] some with closer miking. So there were a lot of different approaches. It will be fascinating for people to witness the work in progress."
Released on November 19 was Led Zeppelin's new live collection, "Celebration Day", which was recorded and filmed at Zeppelin's December 10, 2007 reunion show at London's O2 Arena. The concert film was made available on CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc through Swan Song/Atlantic Records.

INTRODUCING THE GREAT AFFAIRS:
The Great Affairs are about to drop a new EP in December, having undergone some significant line-up changes over the last year. For those of you unaware, The Great Affairs co-existed as an offshoot of fORMER, with fORMER representing a slightly harder pop edge, while The Great Affairs flew the flag for a somewhat more subdued, acoustic-driven side of the coin. Early in 2012, the decision was made to combine these two entities into a single unit, and simply proceeding under The Great Affairs moniker. Now, after several months of honing a live set infused with elements from both bands, the band are putting the finishing touches on their first new batch of material, one that will hopefully reflect the work they've put into this amalgam. The Great Affairs have opted to call this one '4', following up the 2009 'self-titled' LP, 2010's 'Ricky took the wheels..' LP, and 2011's 'Happy Ender' EP.
The new EP will feature 7 tracks, produced by the band with engineer Michael Saint-Leon (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood), and featuring guest Michael Webb (Poco) on keys. Here is a link to the video for the first single "Sherrybaby", directed by Mike J. Nichols(Last Play At Shea, Punk Payback: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbTPhulIj_I.
WebLinks: www.thegreataffairs.com / www.facebook.com/thegreataffairs.

NEW ONLINE RADIO STATION FROM FINLAND:
Press: "We would like to invite you as our first visitors to have a sneak peek on our brand new internet radio station "FMM Radio" @ www.melodicmetal.fi/FMM.
We ask you not to share that link as of yet, when we finish with building the website the address will change to its final destination www.melodicmetal.fi. Finnish Melodic Metal Radio is a broadcasting station on the internet completely run by a community of Finnish metalbands. The ideology on the station is to bring all the bands under one site, and to help the fans to discover new bands as well. We will have common shows as well as individual shows, where the bands are able to broadcast their upcoming albums as a preview while chatting and interacting with their fans!
We will be online on our chat Wednesday, 28th Nov 2012 at 10pm (GMT+2) Helsinki for any questions you might have. Find out your local time here: www.worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_FI.aspx?y=2012&mo=11&d=28&h=22&mn=0.
Meanwhile, The stream is LIVE, so give the website a good spin and were looking forwards for meeting you there on Wednesday."

CALLING ALL CIVILIZATION ONE FANS:
On November 16th, 2012 the long awaited second studio album Calling The Gods of the band Civilization One has been released via Limb Music.
Five years have passed since Civilization One's debut album "Revolution Rising". After its highly acclaimed shows at several European festivals, e.g Prog Power UK 2007 and a fantastically start in Sri Lanka, where Civilization One was invited to play two times the TNL Onstage Show at Sri Lanka Exhibition Center, the band around exquisite singer Chitral "Chity" Somapala (Red Circuit, ex-Firewind, ex-Power Quest, ex-Faro, ex-Avalon etc) is now releasing its second studio album "Calling The Gods" . With this album, the five-piece-group presents itself as melodic and powerful as usual and also more mature. The line-up change in three positions (drums, guitar and a second guitarist as replacement for keyboardist Jesper Stotz) didn't do any harm to Civilization One - quite the contrary. The album, this time produced by the band and - once again - by Markus Teske (producer for Red Circuit, Vanden Plas Mob Rules etc) has much more depth and a wider musical spectrum. "Calling The Gods" is a high catchy Melodic Power Metal album which sounds remarkably punchy.

THE HOWLING SUPPORTING BUCKCHERRY ON THEIR UK TOUR:
The Howling are pleased to announce they will be supporting Buckcherry on their UK tour beginning later this month. The Howling are one of the UK's most innovative and exciting new rock 'n' roll bands. Featuring Blacky (ex-Red Star Rebels) on vocals and The Rev (ex Towers of London, Prodigy) on guitar, alongside Lewis Chappell (bass), Aaron Grimes (rhythm guitar) and Jack Wayne (drums).
So far this year they have supported Rise To Remain, Bleed From Within and Sebastian Bach, headlined the Jubilee Club UK tour as well as selling out every London show to date, including the O2 Academy 2, Islington. With songs such as 'Lunatic', 'Champion' and 'The Outsiders', The Howling are delivering rock 'n' roll anthems for a new generation. Mixing punk riffs with beats, samples and gut wrenching bass lines they're ripping up the punk rock rule book and starting again. Always delivering high energy, full throttle performances, seeing The Howling live is an experience not to be missed!

The dates for Buckcherry's UK tour, with support from The Howling are as follows:
Nov. 20th Nottingham Rock City
Nov. 24th Norwich Waterfront
Nov. 27th Leeds the Cockpit
Nov. 28th Sheffield Corporation
Nov. 29th Newcastle O2 Academy
Dec. 3rd Bristol Trinity
Dec. 5th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Dec. 6th London Electric Ballroom
WebLinks: www.thehowling.co.uk / soundcloud.com/thehowling.

THE WHO MANAGER CHRIS STAMP DIES AT 70:
Chris Stamp, one of the original managers of The Who, has died of cancer at the age of 70. Band member Roger Daltrey paid tribute to him on stage in Detroit on Saturday. He described Stamp as a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were", according to Billboard magazine.
Stamp co-founded the group's Track Records label. He co-managed The Who with Kit Lambert and also helped to launch the career of Jimi Hendrix. Daltrey told the audience at Joe Louis arena that Stamp "flew into the universe on a pair of rainbow wings". "Chris, we can never thank you enough - well, I can't, for what you brought to my life," he said. Stamp died on Saturday at Mount Sinai hospital in New York. Born in London, he started out as a film-maker at Shepperton Film Studios, where he met Lambert.
In 1963, they decided to make a film about the British rock scene, when they met The Who - then known as High Numbers. Daltrey referred to Stamp and Lambert as "the fifth and sixth members of The Who". Stamp worked on the production for The Who's 1968 album Magic Bus and is also credited as executive producer of Who's Next, Quadrophenia and the soundtrack for Tommy. R.I.P. Chris.

FROM THE LAND OF BELARUS WHERE MUSIC IS SWEET AND ROCK IS HARD:
One of the premiere Belarusian rock bands, Yellow Brick Road have been making the waves for the past three years, since their very formation. Nowadays they're known across East Europe, having played more than 100 shows - and counting - on their home turf as well as in Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Formed by veterans of several local bands, the Roadsters - still in their early twenties and, thus, full of spiky youthful energy - shocked the audience with the depth of their music which from the off has been imbued with classic experience belying their age. As one critic noted, "These guys plays funny and sparkling mix of rock classics from different times - from hard rock to rock-n-roll, from psychedelia to funk". Indeed, they do.
The group debuted in April 2009 with the tellingly titled EP "We Have Something Good For You" and made good on this promise. In two-month time YBR won the International Rock-Line Festival in Perm (Russia), where they played before 30,000 crows. Intrepid spirits, they were - and, surely, are. In August that year, the band released a fully-fledged long-player "12 stories" and month later embarked on supporting tour which went across Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
February 2010 was marked by the ensemble's double A-side single "Cat and Dog" and the start of the European tour's second leg to kick out the jams in Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. The punters loved YBR as the word began to be spreading in the countries the band had already put on their map. In May 2010, the Avant Fest in Moscow bore witness to their vim, as the Minsk squad shared the headliners' spotlight with The Horrors and Asbo Kid.
Building on their success, in June the band both graced the stage of Rock for Beavers, the biggest rock festival in Belarus and were chosen, out of 25 competitors, to represent Belarus at the Rock Night festival in Zielona Gora (Poland) Came August 24th, 2010, and exactly one year after their first album's release, YBR followed it with a sophomore effort, "Honeymoon". Not that the lads got married yet they felt the night sweetness all too often drinking the milk of their fans' kindness in 18 European cities where in the 3 weeks they played 25 concerts to support the record. Its official presentation took place on November 26th, 2010 in Minsk's biggest club and was preserved for posterity in digital form. There, they oozed class.
And that class made YBR a perfect opening act for Deep Purple who played Minsk in the spring of 2011 only to find it quite difficult to follow the Roadsters' energy. But for them it was a real honor, of course. The energy was spent in fine fashion that summer at major festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia where some of the scenes were shot for the video which came along with a song called "S.Y.S.T.R.N.R." in October. A bit later, in November, 2011, YBR staged, "Center-video" a presentation of the "Honeymoon Live" DVD recorded a year before - to a storming reaction.
Concerts, shows, gigs Among such a hectic touring, Yellow Brick Road found the time to write and demo their new full-lengther. To be released on 12/12/12, "Futuremental" contains 12 songs and shows another facet to the band as dark motifs entered the realm of their music: with their zip intact, there's adultness in the incendiary grooves that are a genuine continuation of the Oz trek which lent the group their name. Based on rock, it ultimately makes one's dreams come true, and has no end.
The trailer for "Futuremental", available at www.yellowbrickroad.ru, has garnered accolades from such veterans as Andy Fraser of Free and Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple fame. The former noted: "Fantastic visuals. "Looks like a movie!!!" while the latter says, "Looks cool... Dark and mysterious. I'm sure they will do well!"
Also there, is the album's first single, "Line Of Lines" (radio mix), available on request for a playlist position.
The band are: Yan Maximovich - vocals Kidas Suhovey - drums Pavel Velichko - guitar Ilya Davidovich - bass.
WebLinks: www.yellowbrickroad.ru / www.soundcloud.com/yellowbrickrock.


Monday, November 26, 2012

SITE UPDATE:
Still trying to get PC into a workable order to continue updates as usual, please excuse any outages/delays this week. Hopefully all will be ok for now.
I know a lot of folks were away for the Thanksgiving long weekend, so in case you missed the news Friday, I have the donate button up again in case anyone can help donate towards purchase costs of a brand new PC to keep this site up and running!


THE LATEST FROM ROCK CANDY RECORDS:
The following four new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price of 10.99 each including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 10th December.

Spys 'S/T' CANDY159 / Operating stealth-like in a world occupied by huge platinum selling melodic rock bands, Spys were one of many who failed to achieve a level of commercial recognition befitting their creativity. There was no real explanation for this lack of success except perhaps that the market was both crowded and that lady luck had set her sights on other more convenient suitors. Based in New York, Spys were formed by two former members of platinum rockers Foreigner, that's bassist Ed Gagliardi and drummer Al Greenwood, two men looking to make a splash on their own. Teaming up with the remnants of well-respected local Beatles tribute band, they assembled an inventive melodic rock style that took its cue from not only Foreigner but also the progressive art rock sounds of the 60s and 70s. Identified as potential hit makers several labels made overtures to sign them, with EMI America winning the battle. Issued in 1982, Spys was recorded at New York's seminal Electric Lady Studios with top British studio wizard Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Kansas, Dokken) at the production helm, helping to fashion one of the most arresting hard rock albums of the early 80s. Opening track, 'Don't Run My Life', and 'Hold On', are genre classics, pushing at the same boundaries as Journey whilst the operatic 'Don't Say Goodbye' fully exposes their art rock roots.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement all spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Don't Run My Life 2. She Can't Wait 3. Ice Age 4. Danger 5. Over Here 6. Desire 7. Don't Say Goodbye 8. Into The Night 9. Hold On (When You Feel You're Falling)10. No Harm Done.

Spys 'Behind Enemy Lines' CANDY160 / Although spys' debut album wasn't a fully fledged commercial success it did, however, elevate the band to hot-property status, courting richly deserved reviews and igniting a buzz amongst radio programmers as an act that could write decidedly catchy tunes yet rock with the best of them. The fact that they featured two ex-members of Foreigner didn't hurt either. Rushed back into the studio after the completion of a tour supporting .38 Special, Spys were suddenly expected to quickly write and record a follow up in order to capitalise on the their fast rising reputation. For Spys the pressure was greater than they imagined, not helped by the fact that they opted to self-produce. Inevitably, chinks in the armour appeared, resulting in internal friction and a gradual disintegration of the band (guitarist extraordinaire Bob Kullick joining them towards the end). Externally there were also problems with their label, EMI America, giving way to a change in management. Out with the old and in with new. 'Behind Enemy Lines', originally released in 1983, and despite the highly pressurised atmosphere surrounding the recording, is a masterfully crafted album of superior melodic hard rock with a contemporary edge that suggested the band could've taken their place next to giants of the era such as Loverboy and Def Leppard.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement all spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Rescue Me 2. Midnight Fantasy 3. Behind Enemy Lines 4. Sheep Don't Talk Back 5. Reaction 6. Heartache 7. Race Against Time 8. Younger Days 9. Can't Stop Us Now.

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Streetheart 'Drugstore Dancer' CANDY157 / We've said it once and we'll go on saying it; Canada during the early eighties was a veritable breeding ground for fabulously talented melodic hard rock bands. Per capita they had more world class musicians setting mind blowing standards of song writing than any other country in the world. Loverboy, April Wine, Coney Hatch, Triumph, Aldo Nova and Sheriff instantly spring to mind but if you're looking for a band that combine the two golden hallmarks of melody and muscle then look no further than Streetheart. Formed in Winnipeg, Streetheart ascended the step ladder of success rapidly. Instantly successful the band's style and performances were characterised by compelling songs, tough riffs and thought provoking lyrics. It didn't hurt that they were fronted by Kenny Shields, one of Canada's most celebrated vocalists and a man who poured every ounce of energy into his performances. Originally issued in 1980, 'Drugstore Dancer' was Streetheart's fourth album and found them basking in the spotlight of success, brandishing a work of serious magnitude. Rockier and more focussed than their previous outing, the band's switch from WEA to the Capitol label certainly paid dividends propelling the record to platinum status and securing their place in the Canadian rock and roll hall of fame.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement all spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Drugstore Dancer 2. Teenage Rage 3. Nobody Like You 4. Go To Hell 5. You're Gonna Crash 6. Tin Soldier 7. Trouble 8. Sold Out 9. Let Me Go.

Streetheart 'Dancing With Danger' CANDY158 / Revered as a Canadian musical institution, this five man melodic rock band carved out a reputation second to none during the early 80s maple leaf music scene. Brandishing a sound that fused gritty hard rock with lashings of melody, they crafted instantly memorable songs and were fronted by one of Canada's most lauded and capable vocalists in Kenny Shields. Despite notching up a string of gold and platinum selling albums in Canada they were virtually unheard of elsewhere... something that needed to be seriously addressed. 'Dancing With Danger' was Streetheart's sixth and final studio album, recorded with renowned American producer Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, Kick Axe, WASP) in Los Angeles. It was a record that was supposed to focus on breaking into the lucrative American market by employing a smoother sound, tighter arrangements and more accessible melodies. Released by Boardwalk Records, a label formed by former Casablanca Records owner Neil Bogart and home to Joan Jett and Night Ranger amongst others, the album sadly underachieved not because of its quality but primarily due to the untimely death of Bogart and the subsequent winding down of the label. In Canada the album fared well, achieving Gold status, housing a number of standout songs including the title track which was later covered by former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley on his 'Second Sighting' album.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement all spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Dancing With Danger 2. Comin' True 3. You're Not The Only One 4. Don't Let Her Leave You 5. Midnight Love 6. Underground 7. Too Hot To Stop 8. Night Writer 9. Leave Me Alone 10. Have It Your Way.

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A PERFECT DAY "SILENT CRY" (OFFICIAL VIDEO):
A Perfect Day Silent Cry (Official Video) - taken from the album "A Perfect Day" out on Frontiers Records. Release dates: EU: November 23rd 2012 / NA: November 20th 2012. For more info: www.frontiers.it - www.frontiers.it/usstore.


AOR HEAVEN ANNOUNCE JANUARY TITLES - SHYLOCK & TASTE:
AOR Heaven has announced their next scheduled releases, due out January 18, 2013. Details are as follows:

Shylock - Walking Tall - Shylock is a warrantor for catchy hard rock songs with sing along choruses and also became a top part of the German Hard Rock league. The two masterminds behind Shylock, Matthias Schenk (voc.) and Johannes Amrhein (git.), have been working together for more than two decades. With their band mates Achim Thiergrtner (dr.) and Bernhard Schwingenstein (b.) they continue to follow their roots and show us again their strengths on album number six which is entitled "Walking Tall". They deliver what they can do best: catchy and up-to-date Hardrock in the year 2013.
Shylock started as a highly anticipated newcomer (German Rock Hard 'Unerhrt' band) and established themselves quickly as well known live rock act. In the past Shylock have toured and played numerous shows together with bands like Bonfire, Gotthard, Adler's Appetite, Roger Chapman, Shakra, Right Said Fred, U.D.O., Primal Fear and more. They went on the road in Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Certainly, one of the biggest highlights for the band was their TV performance in advance to the farewell-game of world known soccer player Thomas Hssler the year 2005 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne. Shylock performed their song "Farewell" in front of 20.000 people. This show was broadcasted in Germany on TV (DSF).
The four-piece has released five full-length albums so far: Shylock, Pyronized, Welcome To Illusion, Devotion & RockBuster. Although they did have to take a break from playing live due to the family duties Matthias Schenk and Johannes Amrhein have been working hard on the new release "Walking Tall".
The new album starts off where "RockBuster" ended and songs like "Walking Tall", "Rock DNA", "I Can't Wait Now", "Anything" and "Away From Here" etc. show the band's strength at the best.

Tracklist: 1. Walking Tall 2. Rock DNA 3. I Can't Wait Now 4. Bridges 5. What It Takes 6. Sad To Know 7. Sliding Through Emotions 8.Taken It Too Far 9. She Came Along My Way 10. Right Now Or Never 11. Away From Here 12. Touch My Soul 13. Anything.
Website: www.shylockmusic.de.
Sound clips in advance: I Can't Wait Now / Rock DNA / Walking Tall.

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Taste - Taste - Taste was formed by the two brothers Christoffer and Felix Borg the day before new year's eve in 2009. First, Taste was only supposed to be a side-project, because both also had played in other groups. But it didn't take long before the Swedes decided to turn Taste into a full band. During the two following years, they wrote and recorded five songs inspired by the 80's and bands like Europe, FM, Giant, Valentine and White Lion. Since they never met any suitable band members to complete the line-up and therefore couldn't play live, the brothers decided to record their first full-length album themselves. Taste had a vision to blend a vintage 80's sound with a fresh modern production. The self-titled album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoffer Borg in his own studio and will now be released on CD by AOR Heaven on January 18.

Tracklist: 1. Back To The Future 2. Our Dreams 3. Cry For Love 4. Don't Give Up 5. Stay 6. My Rose 7. Danger Games 8. Doesn't Feel Like Love 9. In My Arms (Tonight) 10. The One 11. Fallen Angel.
Website: www.facebook.com/tastetheband.
Soundclips in advance: Don't Give Up / Our Dreams / Stay.

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TAINTED NATION POST NEW SONG ONLINE:
UK's modern hard rocker Tainted Nation has posted a new song online titled "Loser" which the band co-wrote with Max Martin & Alexander Kronlund. The band's debut album, F.E.A.R., will be released on January 25th, 2013 via Massacre Records. The song "Loser" can be streamed using YouTube: youtu.be/NJpXl_SumsU.
The group, which recently signed with Massacre Records and a worldwide management deal with Germany's Rock N Growl Management, consists of the following musicians:
Pete Newdeck Vocals (Eden's Curse, Grim Reaper, Killers, Steve Grimmett); Pontus Egberg Bass (The Poodles, Lions Share, Zan Clan); Ian Nash Guitar (Steve Grimmett, Lionsheart); Mark Cross Drums (Firewind, Outloud, Helloween, Kingdom Come).

Tainted Nations' music can be described as a commercial, modern and powerful sounding rock mix. A sample of the song 'Dare You' can be streamed here: soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/tainted-nation-dare-you-sample.

Pete Newdeck, UK based drummer, singer and song writer, who is mostly known for his work with Eden's Curse and bands like Grim Reaper, Killers and Steve Grimmett, started writing songs with band mate and friend Ian Nash, also Steve Grimmett's guitar player in 2009. Being on tour with Eden's Curse supporting Scandinavian band Stratovarius and Firewind in May 2009 on their UK tour, Pete and Mark Cross, drummer of Firewind at the time, also Outloud, ex-Helloween, Kingdom Come), became close friends and talked about the idea of forming a new band, only this time with Newdeck as the lead singer. Newdeck's vocal abilities were truly convincing and in spring 2010 Pontus Egberg, bass player of Sweden's rock sensations The Poodles, completed the lineup.
Newdeck, Nash, Cross and Egberg, recorded their debut album in the UK and mixed and mastered it in Germany under the supervision of Dennis Ward, producer of many successful international artists and Tainted Nation was brought to life.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/officialtaintednation / www.taintednation.co.uk


NIGHT BY NIGHT SNAG NEW SINGER:
News from Night By Night: "Hi folks, Thanks so much for helping spread the word that we were after a new singer, we really appreciated all the status sharing and the like. And - you heard it here first - we have been lucky enough to find an absolutely awesome new vocalist! We will reveal more info soon, just stay tuned, innit! For now, just be sure that album release is still on schedule for spring '13. As for shows, New Device's Dan Leigh will continue to help out for next week's Hard Rock Hell show (he has been an absolute legend; his work at the Wigan charity show was freaking awesome). However, the London 100 Club show on 12/12/12 is to be, all going as planned, the debut of the new vocalist - so, that's definitely not one to miss!
Exciting times ahead!" ~ Ben, Jon, Damien and Tom."

MORE FREE MUSIC FROM LIBERTY & JUSTICE:
Gearing up for the release of the massive double CD "The Cigar Chronicles" Liberty N' Justice wants to give "thanks" to you guys and are sharing more FREE music from the past !!! 18 incredible tracks from our 2008 "4-All:The Best Of Lnj" greatest hits album !!!! The link is at: www.facebook.com/libertynjusticerocks.
Donations are appreciated but not required.
The track listing is: 01. We Have A God (Derrick LeFevre of Lillian Axe and Larry Worley of Fear Not) 02. Rage (Dug Pinnick of King's X) 03. Devil In The Details (Steve Brown of Trixter) 04. Author Of The Flame (Dale & Troy Thompson of Bride) 05. Blind Man's Bluff (Michael Sweet of Stryper) 06. Noise (Jamie Rowe of Guardian) 07. Shed My Skin (Lou Gramm of Foreigner) 08. Another Nail (Sebastian Bach) 09. sight Unseen (Leif Garret) 10. Flinch (Tony Harnell ex-TNT) 11. Thy Will Be Done (Mark Slaughter of Slaughter and Pete Loran of Trixter) 12. Killer Grin (Stephen Pearcey of Ratt) 13. Doubting Thomas (John Corabi ex-Motley Crue / Ratt / Union) 14. Monkey Dance (Jack Russell of Great White) 15. Soldier (Kelly Keagey of Night Ranger and Mark Slaughter of Slaughter) 16. Independence Day (Kelly Keeling of Baton Rouge / TSO) 17. Praying For A Miracle (Ted Poley of Danger Danger) 18. Addiction (Jani Lane of Warrant).

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH ALAN G PARKER, TRAIL OF MURDER AND SIMON WRIGHT:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 22nd November 21:00-23:00, repeated Saturday 24th November 08:00-10:00 on www.totalrock.com) features three exclusive interviews and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-alan-g-parker-hello-quo-trail-of-murder-simon-wright-dioacdc/
In the first hour, former Bloodbound, Pyramaze and Tad Morose vocalist Urban Breed talks about his new Melodic Metal band Trail of Murder, which features current and former members of Tad Morose and Bloodbound, with two songs from their debut album "Shades of Art", out now on Metal Heaven records.
Also in the first hour, a special edition of the show's weekly Ronnie James Dio tribute, the Stand Up And Shout feature, with Simon Wright (Dio Disciples, Dio, AC/DC), who calls in for a quick chat about the recent Dio Disciples tour and new compilation album "The Very Beast of Dio Vol 2".
And in part 2, filmmaker Alan G Parker talks about his new Status Quo documentary, "Hello Quo", which saw the band's classic "Frantic Four" line-up meeting up again and playing together for the first time in nearly 30 years, specifically for the filming of the documentary. Alan also selects some vintage 70s Quo tracks.
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from Thin Lizzy, Rick Springfield, Uriah Heep, AC/DC, Sven Larsson, Asia, Kill Ritual, Mob Rules, The Righteous Hillbillies, Rory Gallagher & The Last Vegas.

BUCHCHERRY'S CONFESSIONS DUE JANUARY:
Buckcherry have set Confessions as the title of their new album, due now in January. "It's gonna be a little bit different [than our previous albums]," Buckcherry singer Josh Todd told Oklahoma's Z94 radio station in a new interview. "It's definitely a heavier, musically, record than we've ever had, and more melodic. It's pretty intense, but everybody's gonna love it it's quintessential Buckcherry at the end of the day. But we have all those peaks and valleys. That's what we want on all our records dynamics and I think people are gonna dig it." WebLink: www.tkoco.com/tko-news/buckcherry-to-release-confessions-album-short-movie-in-the-fall.html.
First release comes from Japan on January 30.

I AM I RELEASE NEW SINGLE, 'YOU'RE THE VOICE' ON 10TH DECEMBER:
I Am I will release their cover of John Farnham's classic 80's track 'You're The Voice' on December 10th on digital format, distributed worldwide by Plastichead and available from all the usual digital outlets. Their rocking, feel-good cover of John Farnham's classic 80's song had been received exceptionally well on the band's recent tour with everyone singing along with the memorable chorus of this great track, leading them to decide to put it out as an end of year single. ZP also felt that the lyrical content of the track was especially relevant in this current era, mirroring what's actually happening with the us all right now & making the timing for the single release perfect.
Written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson, 'You're The Voice' was originally released by Aussie singer John Farnham in 1986 and was a smash hit, reaching the top 10 in most European countries.
I AM I's debut album 'Event Horizon' will also be released worldwide on digital format on December 10th. This album had previously been released exclusively throughout Europe but due to the increasing demand for the release throughout the US, Americas, Australia and other territories, the decision was made to go ahead and release it digitally worldwide. The album be available to Download worldwide from that date from all usual digital outlets - iTunes, Play.com, Spotify, emusic, Amazon, Pandora etc.
2012 has been an incredible year for I AM I from start to finish - their debut album 'Event Horizon' receiving critical acclaim across the board and their first festivals and UK tour under their belts - with a new EP pending early in the year, Skid Row tour already confirmed in April and many more shows & festivals to be announced, 2013's already looking to be another huge year for the band!

Upcoming shows:
Main support to Ugly Kid Joe
28th November, Chinnerys, Southend 8pm
29th November, The Cellar, Southampton 8pm

Hard Rock Hell Festival:
30th November, Hard Rock Hell, Wales I AM I Acoustic show
1st December, Hard Rock Hell, Wales Metal Hammer stage
WebLinks: twitter.com/iamiofficial / www.facebook.com/IAMIOfficial / www.IAMIofficial.com.

VOODOO HIGHWAY SIGN DEAL:
Italian hard rockers VOODOO HIGHWAY have signed a two-album deal with the German label Dust On The Tracks Records. Work on the band's second LP, Showdown is completed and its worldwide release is scheduled for March 2013. Audio samples of the forthcoming second album, can be streamed in the YouTube clip here: youtu.be/0CXd2t2dXSQ.
The new album was produced/mixed by Italian producer team Dysfunction Productions (Anthony Phillips, John Wetton, Logan Mader, etc.) and mastered by US senior mastering engineer Ue Nastasi (Gojira, AC/DC, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.) from Sterling Sound Studios. The album artwork for the effort feature the hand of UK graphic designer Mr. Storm Thorgerson, who has previously worked with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Audioslave, among many others.
After the lucky outset of their first album "Broken Uncle's Inn" back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n' roll once again.
Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Du (keys) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with two new features - both great live shows - they are:
- Inxs - Best Of Live
- Eddie Money - Live At The Park West, Chicago, IL 1983
Join MRX now and help support MelodicRock.com.


Friday, November 23, 2012

UPDATE APOLOGIES:
Sorry folks, but today's update is out the window. Computer issues have upset things - I need to replace my current system, which has been getting a daily beating for several years now.
Due to the expense of a new machine, I have started up another MelodicRockRecords sale - with most titles at just $10each - please check that out at: www.melodicrockrecords.com/store.

And the old donation button is here again if anyone is in a position to help a little - with my usual thanks for the continued support. Cheers.....Andrew.



I'll be back with a big double update Monday or earlier if at all possible. Lots of news here, but it'll have to wait. What I did want to say briefly is that the all new MR.com will be so much easier to work, control and update and I'm happy to say that Michael Bagnall in Nashville is doing an amazing job and making the site even better than I had hoped for, so it is coming and I'll have more news in a week or two.

MRCD10 is finally at the pressing plant, and all orders will be shipped out by December 1.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

FORMER DEPARTURE FRONTMAN TIMOTHY LEWIS STARTS NEW BAND:
On November 21st The Timothy Lewis Band (TLB) will release their latest Single and Music Video Take Me Home the song was produced by TLB and has all the attributes their fans have come to expect, blending guitars and keyboards with beautiful melodies, and soaring vocals. With the addition of Keyboard Player Jeremy Burnum, TLB has quickly captured that melodic romanticism we all love, and have combined it with flawless studio production, for a sound that sets the stage for a bright future. "Take Me Home" will also star as the title track for an upcoming documentary film in the US. The guys from Orlando, Florida USA have set the bar very high indeed.


The Song is available worldwide on iTunes. TLB is in the studio putting the finishing touches their upcoming CD.
For more information or to contact Timothy Lewis Band, check out their websites at: iTunes/Timothy Lewis Band / www.facebook/timothylewisband / www.timothylewisband.com.
TLB is: Timothy Lewis - Lead Vocals/Guitar; Jack Kinnett - Bass; Dennie Prado - Lead Guitars/Vocals; Rich Elkins - Drums/Vocals; Jeremy Burnum - Keyboards.

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GREAT WHITE "HARD TO SAY GOODBYE" (OFFICIAL VIDEOCLIP):
Great White "Hard To Say Goodbye" (official videoclip) - The second videoclip taken from 2012 studio album Elation, Available now on Frontiers Records. For more info: www.frontiers.it - www.frontiers.it/usstore.


ALBUM ARTIST IOANNIS LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO BRING LED ZEPPELIN ART TO THE FANS:
From the moment his good friend and rock legend Denny Somach asked him to provide the art for his new book Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World Ioannis knew this would be a dream project. Ioannis wound up painting the cover and sixteen full color paintings covering everything from the band members to his own take on iconic Zeppelin images and album covers.
To accomplish his goal of bringing the art directly to the fans Ioannis is launching a campaign on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. With support from fans Ioannis is creating limited edition prints of his favorite Get The Led Out paintings.
Fans can contribute to the campaign in exchange for amazing rewards such as postcards, signed books and the prints themselves. Ioannis plans to have all rewards delivered in time to make perfect holiday gifts for all rock fans.
"Through the years I've been humbled and astonished at the amount of support I've received from my fans. Now I'm looking for my fans, music fans and most of all fans of the greatest rock band in the world Led Zeppelin to help support a project very dear to my heart." Ioannis said.
The Get The Led Out: Led Zeppelin Prints by Ioannis campaign runs through December 15th.
The kickstarter campaign can be viewed here: bit.ly/UH2Iu3.

MICHAEL DUNFORD OF RENAISSANCE PASSES AWAY:
Michael Dunford, long term member of the British progressive band Renaissance, passed away on Tuesday from a reported cerebral hemorrhage.
According to the Renaissance website: "Michael Dunford, musical composer and guitarist of the progressive rock band Renaissance passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He had just returned home from the first leg of the band's North American tour and suffered a massive Instantaneous Cerebral Hemorrhage while dining at his home in Surrey, England Monday night. He was rushed to hospital where doctors declared his condition irreversible and terminal. He passed away at 11:06 pm GMT, surrounded by his family without having regained consciousness."
Read more: www.vintagevinylnews.com/2012/11/michael-dunford-of-renaissance-passes.html#ixzz2CvV0Trdq.

STATE COWS PREPARE SECOND ALBUM:
News for Westcoast fans: "Hello music lovers, We're happy to announce that State Cows will release a new album with preliminary release date set for spring 2013. To celebrate this we have put together a few song previews: soundcloud.com/statecows/sets/2013-8/
Please enjoy and feel free to share with friends. Stay tuned for more previews and information! Sincerely, State Cows."
WebLinks: www.statecows.com / www.facebook.com/statecows.

GLEN SOBEL PERFORMS AT WOODSTICK:
November 21, 2012 - Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel (whose other credits include Vivian Campbell, Beautiful Creatures, Sixx: A.M. and Paul Gilbert) recently participated in Woodstick 2012, an annual event in Kirkland, Washington that draws drummers from all over who bring their own drum kits to play together as well as with the house band. Sobel, along with his Alice Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie and Orianthi, jammed with the house band and 450 drummers on "School's Out" and "I'm 18". Video of last Sunday's event can be viewed at this location www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2gjbAl210A.
Other celebrity guest drummers included Thomas Lang, Tim "Herb" Alexander (Primus, A Perfect Circle), Alan White (Yes, John Lennon), Jeff Kathan (Paul Rodgers), and renown educator Mike Johnston, among others. All guest drummers were featured in solos and many of them conducted clinics earlier in the day. Glen Sobel is currently touring the U.S. with Alice Cooper who is set to perform on the Wednesday, November 28 episode of Conan O'Brien's nighttime talk show on TBS, "Conan".
Glen Sobel online: www.glensobel.com.

VANDROYA SIGNS WITH INNER WOUND RECORDINGS:
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Brazilian progressive power metal band Vandroya to the label. Their debut album One will be released on January 18th in Europe and North America. The Japanese edition of the album will be released on December 19th through Spiritual Beast and the Brazilian edition will be released on February 4th through Voice Music.
Vandroya is definitely one of the best kept secrets from Brazil and led by the fantastic vocalist Daisa Munhoz [Soulspell] they bring something new to the melodic metal table with their epic progressive power metal. Vandroya should be a perfect fit for fans of Kamelot, Symphony X, Angra and Sonata Arctica. The artwork for "One" was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth].
Check out an album teaser for "One" over at YouTube: youtu.be/PuKhUjnO8II.
"One" track listing; 01. All Becomes One 02. The Last Free Land 03. No Oblivion For Eternity 04. Within Shadows 05. Anthem (For The Sun) 06. Why Should We Say Goodbye? 07. Change The Tide 08. When Heaven Decides To Call 09. This World Of Yours 10. Solar Night.
One can be pre-ordered at the Inner Wound Store: www.innerwound.bigcartel.com.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/vandroya / www.vandroya.com.

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THE NEW HIGH ROAD EASY ALBUM "DRIVE" IS NOW RELEASED WORLDWIDE:
High Road Easy just released their new album Drive worldwide through CD Baby. It is available via digital distribution and as a retail CD. To promote the album they released 2 full songs for streaming via Soundcloud:


You can also check out the album teaser on YouTube. WebLinks: www.highroadeasy.com / www.cdbaby.com/Artist/HighRoadEasy



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BECAUSE WE CAN - THE US TOUR:
Bon Jovi fans - get ready! Bon Jovi is bringing Because We Can - The Tour to the USA in 2013! We'll be visiting arenas and stadiums across the nation - you won't want to miss our biggest show yet! Members of Backstage JBJ get first dibs when it comes to buying tickets to select shows today, November 20th! Tickets will be available to the public starting Friday, November 30th at 10AM Local Venue Time in select markets. Visit BonJovi.com for complete tour date and ticketing information.

Backstage JBJ Pre-Sale and On-Sale Dates:
February 9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun November 30 December 10
February 10 Washington, DC Verizon Center November 26 December 3
February 21 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center November 26 December 3
February 27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena November 20 December 3
March 1 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum November 26 December 3
March 2 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center November 26 December 3
March 5 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena November 20 November 30
March 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena November 26 December 3
March 9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena November 20 December 3
March 10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena November 26 December 3
March 13 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center November 26 December 3
March 14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center November 26 December 3
March 16 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena November 30 December 7
April 7 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center November 20 December 3
April 10 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center November 30 December 7
April 11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center November 20 December 3
April 13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center November 26 December 3
April 14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena November 26 December 3
April 16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center November 20 November 30
April 17 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena November 20 December 3
April 19 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center November 26 December 3
April 20 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena November 26 November 30
April 23 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena November 20 December 3
April 25 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose November 26 December 3
July 12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field November 26 December 3
July 24 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium November 26 December 3
July 25 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium November 26 December 3

The tour will also hit the following cities, with additional details to come: Detroit, MI Foxboro, MA Memphis, TN, Milwaukee, WI Philadelphia, PA Portland, OR, Raleigh, NC San Antonio, TX Seattle, WA, State College, PA Vancouver, BC.

NEW SOLO ALBUM RELEASE 'TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY':
Paul Raymond, songwriter, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist of legendary cult hard rock outfit UFO has inked a deal with Cherry Red Records' new hard rock imprint label Hear No Evil for his new solo album with The Paul Raymond Project.
The new album, entitled Terms & Conditions Apply is set for a worldwide release on January 28, 2013. It will mark the sixth release by the group and features a guest appearance from Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, Scorpions) on a cover of 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)' and by Reuben Archer (Stampede, Wild Horses, Lionheart, Lautrec) on 'Love Is Blind'.
Paul Raymond is set to play some select regional solo UK shows to promote "Terms & Conditions Apply" in the New Year, including a special headline launch show at London's Borderline venue on Friday 1st February, before resuming his duties touring with UFO. The shows will feature Stampede vocalist Reuben Archer amongst other special guests and will showcase the new material as well as UFO classics. Regional dates are yet TBA.
Paul Raymond is primarily best known for his work in UFO, having joined the band's ranks in 1976. Beginning with "Lights Out" in 1977, to date Paul has appeared on 11 UFO albums, including the incendiary double live "Strangers In the Night". In a varied career, he's also been a key member in a number of acts, including 70s legends Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Michael Schenker Group and Waysted.
The Paul Raymond Project (PRP) was first formed in 1989 in Japan featuring original lineup of Frank Di Mino (formerly of Angel) on lead vocals and Masoyoshi Yamashitu (Loudness) on bass. Paul spent 1990 writing new material, inspired by the resurgence of straight-ahead blues/rock led by bands such as the Black Crowes and the Quireboys, until, joined by guitarist Andy Simmons, the third incarnation of the project released "Man on a Mission" through Zoom Club records. It was to be nine years before Paul and Andy joined forces again and recorded "Virtual Insanity" as UFO had once again intervened. In 2010, together with bass player Mark Coles and drummer Tony Steel, they began working on "Terms & Conditions Apply".
Tickets for the London show at The Borderline on Feb 1st are available here: www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/paul-raymond-project-tickets/24085.

"Terms & Conditions Apply" Track Listing: 1. Born & Raised On Rock 'N' Roll 2. End Of Life As We Know It 3. Deeper Shade Of Blue 4. C-List Celebrity 5. We Will Be Strong 6. Terms & Conditions 7. Whiskey Mac 8. Bright Lights 9. Reach Out (I'll Be There) (featuring. Michael Schenker) 10. Love Is Blind (featuring Reuben Archer) 11. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody.
Bonus Tracks: 12. Still The Same 13. Drifting Apart 14. Partners In Crime.

PRP are: Paul Raymond lead vocals/lead & rhythm guitars/keyboards; Andy Simmons lead & rhythm guitars/ keyboards; Mark Coles bass/backing vocals; Tony Steel drums/backing vocals.
Links: www.facebook.com/paulraymondproject / www.paulraymond.info / www.cherryred.co.uk.

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ULI JON ROTH TO EMBARK ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
German guitar legend Uli Jon Roth will be returning to North America for a special tour commemorating his 40th anniversary of joining The Scorpions. ULI plans on celebrating this anniversary with a one of a kind show that features an entire set of Scorpions material as well as selections from his extensive solo catalog. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a live album documenting this amazing milestone in ULI's career. The tour is currently scheduled to kick off January 25th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through March 3rd in Los Angeles. More dates will be added in the coming days. Stay tuned to www.ulijonroth.com for the most up to date schedule.
ULI is looking forward to presenting this historical show to his North American fans: "Celebrating my 40th anniversary of joining the band, we will play a full set of SCORPIONS songs alongside my more recent material. We will feature several songs from each of the albums that I played on, including some, which have not been played live before. I'm really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!"
Because of his ground-breaking, highly innovative and distinctive trademark guitar work, ULI is widely regarded as being one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

As one of the main founding members of The Scorpions, ULI wrote much of the material for the bands - by now legendary - first five albums, which include the hugely successful live album "Tokyo Tapes". These early Scorpions years with ULI, Klaus and Rudolf as the nucleus, were absolutely essential in shaping what is now considered the classic Scorpions sound. ULI is regarded as a significant influence by many notable guitar players, including, but not limited to Slash, Eddie Van Halen Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen. Having collaborated and shared the stage with the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Deep Purple, Brian May, Jack Bruce, UFO, and many others, ULI continues to inspire and pave the way for musicians and fans alike.
After his departure from The Scorpions, Uli Jon Roth embarked on a successful career as a solo artist, producing highly influential albums with his band Electric Sun, as well as performing classical concertos with orchestras. ULI also invented his own instrument the legendary 6-octave Sky Guitar, which is currently on the market as a limited Edition signature model.

In addition to his 40th Anniversary shows, ULI will also be offering his world renowned Sky Academy Seminars while he is on the road in North America. These introductory seminars are not just aimed at guitarists, but fans and even non-musicians may well find plenty to gain from Uli's unique way of talking about some of the deeper mysteries of music. For some people Sky Academy has even been a life-changing experience, because ULI's teaching can open up completely new ways of experiencing music.
The aim of Sky Academy is to provide knowledge and inspiration to those who take guitar playing seriously and to help them reach a new plateau. The seminars are designed to open musicians' eyes to new possibilities and to trigger an awakening of the student's full potential and talent. Special emphasis is given to inspirational concepts rather than just technical means. Sky Academy is designed to teach particularly those things which are not normally touched upon in music teaching, but which provide a true gateway to mastery.
Tickets for the introductory seminars are available through the individual venues and can also be purchased at: www.sky-academy-registration.com.

Uli Jon Roth Live
2 Day Sky Academy Seminar
1/21/13: Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse
1/22/13: Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse

Tour Starts
1/25/13: Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey (w/ Warren DeMartini)
1/26/13: Santa, CA @ Malone's
1/27/13: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick*
1/31/13: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
2/1/13: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
2/6/13: New York, NY @ Stage 48*
2/7/13: White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
2/8/13: Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/9/13: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile*
2/10/13: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile
2/12/13: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
2/13/13: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
2/16/13: Savage, MN @ Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill
2/17/13: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club*
2/23/13: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
2/26/13: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/27/13: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
*Denotes shows with Sky Academy Seminars*
For More Info Please Visit: www.sky-academy.com / www.ulijonroth.com.

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES TO AID IN HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF:
New York, Nov. 20 2012Daryl Hall & John Oates are working with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and Live Nation to raise money in an effort to bring relief to Atlantic City and surrounding areas in wake of Hurricane Sandy and the millions of people affected by the storm. Daryl Hall & John Oates will be performing a sold-out show at the Borgata Event Center on Saturday, December 1st and are donating their performance fee and all proceeds from the event to the American Red Cross.
"In light of the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused for the people of Atlantic City, we're going to donate 100% of the proceeds from our sold out show at the Borgata on December 1st to the Red Cross. We will also be selling an event T-shirt with all of the proceeds going to the Red Cross, as well," said Daryl Hall and John Oates. Says Daryl Hall: "This really means a lot to me. These are my people that got hurt. This is my neighborhood."
"This is a great way to give back," said Geoff Gordon, Regional President of Live Nation Philadelphia. "We want to show our dedication to our friends and family whose lives and livelihoods were affected, and show that Atlantic City is still open for business."
"It really means a lot to have one of the greatest musical duos in history support the disaster relief effort here in Atlantic City," said Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. "We are grateful to be working with Daryl Hall and John Oates as well as Live Nation, with the collective goal focused towards helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy."

NEW FROM SWEETSOUNDS:
Sweetsounds/Republic will release Still Well Angel's new 4 song EP the Kalm Before The Khaos worldwide on Tuesday Jan 8, 2013 at iTunes worldwide and other fine digital stores! to see Still Well Angel tour dates, videos, etc. head over to: www.sweetsounds.us.



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FRONTIERS SETS UP 2013 FOR BENEDICTUM / THE V:
The Female Metal Valkyrie Veronica Freeman and her band Benedictum have been busy working during the past few months. A new Benedictum album is in the works and will be a complete return to a traditional but powerful feel - much like the band's first 2 albums. Working with the band on the production is Grammy Award Nominee and Billboard charting producer, John Herrera and of course Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner). Jeff has already had one writing session with Benedictum and Veronica has just returned from her second writing session with Jeff Pilson this past week. Craig Goldy (Dio) has been writing with Benedictum as well and there will probably be some vocal duet surprises on the album too. The songwriting team of Pete Wells and Veronica Freeman is however still in full effect and with Rikard Stjernquist (Jag Panzer) adding to the mix there are some powerful great ideas coming to life.
But Veronica is also working to show another side of herself. In Veronica's words: "I had a lot of input and encouragement from Frontiers in the previous months to try and stretch myself with different musical styles and approaches. So I have decided to accept their proposal for a solo album - which will be released under the moniker of THE V". Musically Veronica will be pursuing a much more melodic and hook-friendly direction. John Herrera will also produce this endeavor and there should be some special guests appearing in the writing and performing dept including a song from Jerry Dixon from Warrant and some bass performances from Brad Lang from Y&T as well as from Jeff Pilson and others to round out the talent that will be involved with this project. Pete Wells will also show his other side with some of the music he is contributing to this project.
Both new albums will be released in 2013 Benedictum are really looking forward to also being able to perform in Europe in 2013 so lookout for Veronica's talents both in Benedictum and with The V sometime soon! We all really hope you will enjoy all the music that is coming your way!


REDRUM READY ALBUM NUMBER TWO FOR EALY 2013:
Vocalist Michael Bormann has an update for fans - "It is a pleasure to announce, that the 2nd Redrum album Victims Of Our Circumstances is finally finished. This time we recorded the album as a band. Panos (git), Athan (git) and me wrote all 12 songs together and we are so happy about our accomplishment! The songs will be mastered next week. Right now we're in touch with the labels for a new deal. A release is planned for aprox. March 2013 (depends on the label)."
Gigs already booked for March 2013. Tourdates will be announced a.s.a.p.
SA - March 2nd 2013 21Uhr / 9p.m. @ 8Ball Thessaloniki, Greece
FR - March 8th 2013 - 23Uhr / 11p.m. @ Olsen Club / Oslo, Norway
SA - March 9th 2013 - 23Uhr / 11p.m. @ Olsen Club / Oslo, Norway
Booking agent: Chris Siloma for C.S.Management & Promotions. Email: c.s.managementpromo(at)gmail.com. WebLinks: www.facebook.com/RedrumOfficialGR / www.michaelbormannpage.de.

INTRODUCING WHITE FLAME:
White Flame's new album Cougar serves a portion of universal rock ecstasy to meet everyone's taste. It's diverse and surprising album full of dynamics, fierceness, skills and groove. It's classic hard rock with modern sounds to fulfil the gap of American style guitar rock played by Finnish bands. To mention, the tender and bar-by-bar growing ballad "Stay" is completing the whole package. 12 track release also includes the hit single "The Look", which had over 20,000 YouTube views on its release week, and the first single of the album, "I Know Where You Live".
White Flame is giving it's best shot with groovy riffs, catchy arrangements and quality production. Recorded in Sweden, band's third studio album introduces a new side of band to fans of various styles and genres. Great vocal parts and the joy of playing carries through the whole album with unique and unqualified attitude which Finnish music industry really needs!
New album to be released November 16. Check out www.whiteflamemusic.com for more information.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Trevor Lukather has a new project together - Cash Vertigo. we need as many people as possible to head over to Facebook and click on "like" for the band. While you are there - check out 4 of the band's new demos: www.facebook.com/cashvertigocircus.

The 10th Last Autumn's Dream album is due for release is Japan ahead of Europe on December 19. The album is titled Ten Tangerine Tales. More info soon.

707's Kevin Russell guitarist/singer is looking for an established artist and/or band to join. Also open to discuss a "sideman position" as well. Please contact - krbr177@aol.com / www.kevinrussell.com / www.thenew707.blogspot.com / www.krmotorcitymusic.blogspot.com.

New Jason Becker interviews - 1) with the director of the JB movie: www.uberrock.co.uk/interviews/62-november-interviews/6525-jesse-vile-director-of-jason-becker-not-dead-yet-uber-rock-interview-exclusive.html and with Jason: www.uberrock.co.uk/interviews/62-november-interviews/6526-jason-becker-uber-rock-interview-exclusive.html.

Sweet Cheater are happy to announce that they will be opening for Winger on December 6th at Showcase Live in Foxboro MA. This is only a handful of select dates Winger is playing. Tickets are available at the following link: tickets.showcaselive.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=88. For more information on Sweet Cheater and the Winger show please visit the band's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Cheater/229155473778295.

New Mass show with Winger. Details below:


SWISS HM RECORD FAIR IN NOVEMBER:
Swiss only Hardrock/AOR/Metal record and CD fair Metalbrse 2012 is coming up Saturday November 24. The details are as follows as provided from the organizers: "It is an event for lovers and fans of metal and rock music only (no pop, no jazz, no commercial stuff). Our approach is to give the rock fans in Switzerland a possibility to find rare items, merchandise or gems of their favorite bands."
Event: Record and CD fair / Location: Grosser Stadtsaal Zofingen, Switzerland / Date: Saturday 24 Nov 2012 / Opening time: 10 am to 4 pm.


NEW METAL/PROG ALLIANCE FORMS ALPHA FLOOD:
Past and present members of Frost, Pain of Salvation, Threshold, Darkwater and the Neal Morse Band join forces in the new band Alpha Flood.
The idea for this band originated in the mind of Dec Burke, former vocalist and guitar player of Frost* and Darwin's Radio. "I had the desire to form a band that would combine modern progressive rock and metal elements with more song-oriented music," Dec Burke explains. "And when time and opportunity presented itself to work with some world class musicians that I have respected and admired for many years, I went all in."
First on board was Collin Leijenaar, long time live drummer for Neal Morse: "While I was finishing my Affector album Dec called to ask if I would be interested in joining his new band. Being a fan of Dec's music, I jumped in without hesitating." Kristoffer Gildenlw (ex-Pain of Salvation), Simon Andersson (Darkwater) and Richard West (Threshold) soon followed to complete the line-up. Richard: "I wasn't looking to join another band but when I heard the music it was so compellingly beautiful that I couldn't resist." Simon adds: "To be asked to form a band with these musicians was a true honour. Years ago I used to play along to their songs, imagining how it would be to be in a band with them. And now here we are. I'm thrilled!"
Dec: "As soon as we started writing music together it was obvious that there's an awesome chemistry between us. And rest assured, this is not a one-album project, but a band that's here to stay!" Alpha Flood is currently in the studio recording their debut album to be released in 2013. Kristoffer ends: "We can't wait to bring this music to the stage and kick some serious ass!"

Line-up: Dec Burke vocals & guitars; Kristoffer Gildenlw bass guitars; Richard West keyboards; Simon Andersson guitars; Collin Leijenaar drums.
Stay tuned for more Alpha Flood news in the coming weeks. Follow the band at: facebook.com/alphaflood and twitter.com/alphafloodmusic.


JASON NEWSTEAD EMBRACES ONLINE PORTALS:
November 16, Bay Area, CA, Legendary bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jason Newsted has launched his official website at newstedheavymetal.com. Jason has also launched a YouTube channel, Facebook page, and his Twitter account:
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ajPL6RS54aA7R0jxMU3kA / Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Newsted/487787581261486 / Twitter: www.twitter.com/jasoncnewsted.
Jason has presented an introductory video on his site and YouTube channel welcoming fans and friends.
"It's time for me to reconnect with all my fans and friends out there around the world with the launch of my official online presence." said Jason Newsted, "I want YOU to be the first to know about what's happening with me and all of my projects: past, present, and FUTURE!. So send me your email by signing up on the website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube."

SPV INTRODUCES GIANT X:
The big secret that fans have been speculating about in a number of Internet forums is out at last: Giant X is the spectacular new band founded by Rolf Kasparek and Peter J. Jordan. Rolf has been the mastermind, guitarist and vocalist of the German metal flagship Running Wild for more than 30 years, is one of the most charismatic musicians of the international metal scene and enjoys cult status around the globe. His friend and partner Peter J. Jordan joined the Running Wild fold in 2005 as a guitarist and has worked as a musician, composer, arranger and producer with German artists such as Tim Bendzko, Francis Buchholz (Scorpions), Thorsten Wingenfelder (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), Christina Strmer, Peek A Boo and Fair Warning. Giant X's debut album "I" will be out on Steamhammer/SPV on January 18th in Germany, January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in USA/Canada and is set to delight particularly fans of traditional hard rock.
A little teaser: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPpZm9A8aLc.

This sensational collaboration was sparked by the unexpectedly euphoric reactions from all over the world to the Kasparek/Jordan composition 'Burning Wheels' (off EMI Production Music's Rock/Metal album), which features Kasparek on vocals. Encouraged by those positive responses, Jordan and Kasparek decided to co-compose more tracks and offer them to interested record companies under the band name of Giant X. They decided on the Hanover label, Steamhammer/SPV, who already released the current Running Wild opus Shadowmaker. Running Wild have a clearly defined sound which their fans worldwide have come to expect of them. "Giant X have a broader musical range which allows Rolf and myself to present ourselves from a totally different side," Jordan explains. "Our material consists of consciously multi-layered numbers, more in the tradition of Kiss, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen but also Billy Talent, in other words: rock music in the tradition of the seventies, eighties and nineties our shared musical roots. The main thing for us was that people would be able hear the lightness and spontaneity of our collaboration."
A total of 13 brand new songs, all of them penned by Jordan and Kasparek, will feature on Giant X's debut album. The recording was produced and mixed by Peter J. Jordan, with lots of support from Kasparek and Running Wild's live mixer Niki Nowy. No plans for Giant X's future have yet been made, but according to Jordan and Kasparek they are happy to "take things as they come. We don't rule anything out at this point." So the suspense will continue!
More info coming soon! www.spv.de.


Monday, November 19, 2012

CLASSICROCK PRESENTS: AOR - ISSUE 7 PRE-SALE NOW ON:
AOR - A magazine dedicated to the burgeoning melodic rock genre, brought to you by the great team behind Classic Rock. Boston - Melodic rock's most mysterious band. The brainchild of Tom Scholz guitarist, perfectionist, mad scientist Boston have sold millions of albums yet remain uncannily aloof. We delve beneath Scholz's shroud of secrecy to uncover Boston's full amazing story.
Free CD - Into The Arena featuring 15 of the very best brand new AOR and melodic-rock songs.
Also featured in this issue:
Jeff Scott Soto One of the most celebrated and oft-imitated voices in AOR
The Top 50 Females In AOR Counting down the greatest femme-rockers of the melodic-rock genre
Kip Winger Q&A with the man who masterminded not one but two platinum albums for his band
FM The hardy UK AOR-sters have new nine-track EP coming out (Only Foolin') and a tour with Thin Lizzy and The Treatment in the pipeline
Monsters Of Rock Cruise A surprise new trend has emerged in recent years
Dare Darren Wharton's band have re-recorded their celebrated album, 1998's Calm Before The Storm
Dante Fox Foxy featurette to tie in with the release of the Midlands melodic rockers'just-released new album Lost Man's Ground
Heart Their new LP is called Fanatic. We send AOR's very own Heart fanatic, Sin Llewellyn, to chat with celebrated sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson
Nubian Rose Mountain, the debut album from these hot new Scandi- rockers, is causing an almighty stir in AOR circles
Axe Bobby Barth's band are back with a new live DVD
Pomp Rock Buyers Guide The best (meaning: most bombastic) albums from Styx, Kansas, Touch, Prophet, Angel, Zon

Plus all the latest AOR news, and new-album, reissue and live reviews.
Pre-order now: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/music-bookazines/classic-rock-presents-aor-7-boston.


JOHN WAITE - NEW OZ TOUR DATES?:
The John Waite Australian tour is back on. Sort of. Trying to get official information on this tour is beyond a joke, so I'll believe this when I actually see it happen.
I can't find his Australian Tour Facebook page, johnwaite.com.au now forwards to the regular JW site (which is under redevelopment) and there appears to be multiple outlets selling different shows?
What I have found so far -
Sun 10 Mar - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Fri 15 Mar - Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Mon 18 Mar - The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
*Ticketek is selling for the above venues only.
Then Tamworth March 9 via www.facebook.com/events/342885915808308/.

All the confusion seems to be with the local promoter, not John Waite as such. I will post any updates when available.

FM READY MOBILE APP:
FM the UK's biggest AOR band plan to release their next studio album 'Rockville' in March 2013. As part of the promotion leading up to the new album FM will launch their very own mobile phone app on Monday 19th November with an exclusive offer; fans will be able to buy the track 'Shot In The Dark' one week ahead of the official release of the Only Foolin EP with the same track included. The App will allow fans to view videos, check out dates for live shows, get news from the band, view pictures and chat on a fan wall. The app is available for iPhone and android and is available by adding this address bandapp.com/fm in a mobile phone web browser.
More details and a video about the app can be found on the bands official web site - www.fmofficial.com.

JIMI JAMISON CD WINNERS:
Winners of the Jimi Jamison CD competition were as follows:
Daniel, from Quebec, Canada
Nona, from Phoenix, AZ, USA
Christian from Bornheim, Germany
Patrick, from Vleuten, Netherlands
Ryan, from Browns Summit, NC, USA

SHAKRA: POWERPLAY ALBUM RELEASE IN JANUARY:
Swiss power rockers Shakra will release their new album Powerplay on January 11. A short snippet of the radio single Wonderful Life is available already: youtu.be/sp-Gy6h36S4.


SITE UPDATES - REVIEWS & SHOWCASES:
5 new CD Showcases have been added today - the 3 new Avenue Of Allies releases due November 30 - the simply amazing AOR treat from Lionville plus Wheels Of Fire and Sapphire Eyes and two new Firefest related titles Jimi Jamison Live At Firefest and Kane Roberts Unsung Radio. Check them out now.

18 new Reviews added to the site! Those reviewed are: Richie Sambora, Aerosmith, Issa, Soleil Moon, Lover Under Cover, Anberlin, Neal Schon, AOR, Chasing Violets, The Darkness, Dante Fox, Heart, The Angels, Matchbox Twenty, Steve Harris, Youngblood, Hart, Savage. Read the new reviews now.


Friday, November 16, 2012

NIGHT X NIGHT NEW LEAD VOCALIST WANTED:
Press from the folks at Night By Night: "Hi folks, Some slightly unexpected new for y'all - from today, we will part company with vocalist Daniel Rossall, with Dan leaving for "personal reasons, but on good terms." Dan has been a significant part of Night by Night since March 2011, as both a band member and friend. We hope he finds success in his next career path and there are no hard feelings whatsoever. NxN are about to enter the most thrilling era of our career so far, with the release of our debut album now set for spring 2013 and a long string of great live dates to follow that, so we're keen to find a permanent vocalist to sing on the record, front the band - and join the ride - as soon as possible!
We will fulfill our live commitments for the remainder of the year with the kind help of awesome friend and vocalist Dan Leigh of the mighty New Device. Thank you for continuing to support us so passionately: we look forward to playing for you again very soon! Here's to the future.
See you at Hard Rock Hell! Dan says: "It's with regret that I must leave the NxN adventure. I've had a great time and made good friends. I'll still be making music."

Are YOU or someone you know interested in fronting Night by Night? Contact us as soon as you can - either by messaging Ben Christo on Facebook or mailing band@nightbynight.co.uk. We aim to have made a decision by the end of December.

CELEBRITY GUITAR AUCTION TO BENEFIT RJD STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND ANNOUNCED:
Nearly 100 Donated Guitars Will be Auctioned on Saturday, December 1 at 2 P.M. at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA to Raise Money for Dio Cancer Fund
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the world-renowned voice of Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell, will participate in the upcoming Icons & Idols-Rock n' Roll Auction at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, December 1 at 2 P.M. Nearly 100 donated guitars signed by a variety of celebrities from the music world will go on the auction block to benefit the Fund's mission of cancer prevention, research and education.
The collection includes guitars signed by the Jonas Brothers, Slash, Tom Morello, Tony Iommi and members of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, the Alice Cooper Band, Metallica and Iron Maiden. Among the rarities are a prototype electric guitar made for and signed by Eddie Van Halen and a custom hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar created by DBZ Guitars. Also in the collection is an Epiphone electric guitar signed by a host of country music stars, among them Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney, an ESP acoustic electric guitar signed by Twilight film star Robert Pattinson and three guitars hand painted by the famous elephants of the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project in Thailand.

Online bidding has already commenced, and items included in this auction are available for viewing at: www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2012/icons-and-idols-rock/index.html.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501C3 charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.
Julien's Auctions, which specializes in entertainment memorabilia, is located at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, Beverly Hills, California 90210. A free public exhibition of many of the items included in the auction will be available for viewing during the auction house's regular business hours of 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. beginning Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 30.
For hours, visit: www.juliensauctions.com.

ROYAL HUNT ANNIVERSARY PROMO:
A new promo video clip for Royal Hunt's 20th Anniversary Special Edition CD/DVD package has been released:


BRUCE KULICK REMEMBERS PERFORMING "A WORLD WITHOUT HEROES" UNPLUGGED:
In conjunction with KissFAQ's month-long NovElder retrospective, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick took fans down memory lane in recalling a performance from one of the more monumental moments in KISStory: 1995's "MTV Unplugged" concert. Specifically, Kulick recalled the band's acoustic rendition of "A World Without Heroes," an underground KISS classic that had not been performed in more than a decade at that point.
"Here's one of my favorite KISS songs. I was very excited when we decided early on to do this song for the Unplugged performances on the KISS Konvention Tour and then to have it immortalized for the MTV taping," says Kulick. "It's extremely melodic, and easily performed on the acoustics. I felt this performance from Gene, who is not one to sing the 'sweet' songs from KISS, made the Demon more human. Gene's soft side, almost fragile sounding in his singing, was quite a contrast for him. And that makes it very special. The intro solo was mine, but the main solo was taken by Paul Stanley, and I presume he did it for 'The Elder' recording. For me, the fact that we actually performed something from that infamous album, made me smile. I knew that the more we pushed the envelope in our acoustic presentations, the better the reaction would be. And we hit a home run performing this song. Big thumbs up from BK!"
Read the entire feature here: www.kissfaq.com/novelder/feature_bruce_kulick.html.

HEADLESS ADD TWO NEW HEADS TO ALBUM:
Headless, early-90's Italian heavy metal act recently reactivated, has almost finished recording the new album, Growin' Apart. Two very special guests will perform on the entire full-length:
Gran Edman (former John Norum and Yngwie J. Malmsteen singer) on vocals
Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche, Slave To The System) with his licensed signature drumming.
The band is currently looking for a label for an expected end of 2012/beginning of 2013 release of "Growin' Apart". Two singles, "Primetime" and "Sink Deep In A Fairy Tale", from the forthcoming album, have already been published in 2012 and are available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and all the major digital music stores worldwide: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6 / www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9.
Line-up: Walter Cianciusi - guitars, Dario Parente guitars / Special guests: Gran Edman - vocals, Scott Rockenfield drums.
WebLink: www.headless.it.

MRX UPDATE:
In this week's MRX update you can get a double dose of Australian 80s with:
- Divinyls - Live (83 - 86)
- The Venetians - Calling All Lions (1986)
And some great new Video Clips: Vega - White Knuckle Ride, Jimi Jamison - Never Too Late, Ten - Gunrunning, Halestorm - I Miss the Misery & Familiar Taste of Poison and HEAT - It's All About Tonight.
Join MRX now.

TUNE IN MONDAY:
Coming up Monday - 18 brand new reviews for new release albums including Richie Sambora, Issa, Lover Under Cover, Aerosmith, The Darkness, Heart, Anberlin, Neal Schon, Dante Fox and more! A big variety of scores in this lot...


Thursday, November 15, 2012

FRONTIERS INTRODUCES ANGELICA:
An exciting new AOR music star is born: Swedish singer Angelica Rylin (The Murder of My Sweet) has decided to pursue her childhood dream and thus started recording an all Melodic Rock album affair under the direction of Daniel Flores on the production. "I always wanted to record an album like this" says Angelica, "my childhood heroes were Robin Beck, Ann Wilson of Heart, Leigh Matty of Romeo's Daughter".
Some Melodic Rock songwriting luminaries worked hard to create the magic harmonies and music that will be displayed on Angelica's debut album. "Harry Hess, Daniel Flores, Robert Sall and Anders Wigelius all contributed" continues Angelica and some excellent guitarists such as Jesper Stromblad (In Flames), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Per Berquist (Smash Into Pieces) also appear on the album. There is also a very special performance by keyboardist Matt Guillory (James LaBrie). "This being my first solo record I now have the chance to show you another side of me. This is the next chapter, I hope you'll follow!" concludes Angelica.
You can enjoy some exclusive footage of Angelica recording in the studio following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WOLHjm7ocY.


Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of their Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 53rd release of the label's successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mail-order and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. Below is the preview of the two covers. This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Rick Springfield, A Perfect Day, Orden Ogan, Lionville, Sven Larsson, Royal Hunt, AOR; Lover Under Cover, Soleil Moon, Issa, Gene the Werewolf, Trail of Murder, Jimi Jamison, Y&T... and more! Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site and here.


EXTREME TOUR FOR AUSSIE FANS IN APRIL:
Extreme have been booked to hit Australian shores next April, with 6 shows from the acclaimed rockers. The dates are pictured below:


YOU NEED YOUR HEAVY METAL TELEVISION:
(14 November 2012 - Phoenix, AZ) Prepare to call your local internet and cell phone provider to demand more bandwidth because in less than 24 hours, the internet's first ever live streaming television network will be commanding your attention.. And, it's a heavy metal television network.
From Lamb of God to Motley Crue and from Behemoth to Shinedown, Heavy Metal Television will bring both current and classic hard rock and heavy metal videos to your desktop, laptop or net ready flatscreen TV. Presented by young, talented V.J's across the planet, no matter what your taste in hard music might lean toward, give the station a span of five videos and you'll find a band that you love.
The site is 100% free, with no login necessary, no passwords to remember, no registration, subscription. None of that - you just point your browser to www.heavymetaltelevision.com and start watching. It's really as simple as that. Why complicate matters, right? And this metal show runs 24/7/365 with International Heavy Metal Week celebrated 52 weeks out of the year.
The music runs virtually nonstop with V.J. interludes and limited minute long commercial breaks consisting of four or five 20 second music related ad clips. Saturday nights (PST) will feature a live concert and specialty programming is also being developed.
Heavy Metal Television has eclipsed Google, Apple and Microsoft in terms of getting a live television station running on the web. And they're pissed. Why? Because Pantera and Iron Maiden fans are beating them at their own game, ruling the World Wide Web with the first 24 hour streaming television network, station or channel on Earth forever free.
As Wednesday rolls into Thursday at midnight PST make sure you're tuned in to www.heavymetaltelevision.com - a revolution is calling.

CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE AWARDS REVEALED:
Australian rock band Tracer won "Best New Band" at last night's Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Held at the London Roundhouse, lead singer and guitarist Michael Brown was flown in from Adelaide, Australia to accept the award on behalf of the band. Tracer's "Best New Band" win follows the news of their forthcoming April 2013 UK tour. "I'm absolutely stoked about winning the Classic Rock Award for Best New Band," says Brown. "It still blows my mind that we are creating and playing music we love and people are responding to it and we're getting awards for it!"
Tracer start recording their second album with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Silverchair, Cold Chisel), at his studio in Malibu later this month. The album will be released by Mascot Records in March 2013, and will dovetail their UK tour in April.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Joe Matera has a new video clip for his new single Fallen Angel: youtu.be/4OsVBL1Punk.

Soundgarden's appearance at "Live On Letterman" has been covered at: www.piercingmetal.com/wordpress/?p=14858.

Brand new Bloodbound video online now! www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VUX8T4DB7o.

Brighton Rock (pictured) are now working on their new album, set for release in 2013. Stay up to date at: www.brightonrock.ca.


HARD ROCKERS ADDICTION FOR DESTRUCTION RELEASE FULL-SONG STREAM:
Moscow-based rock band Addiction for Destruction has released the streaming full-song MP3 for 'Rock n Roll To You' off its new debut full-length record, Neon Light Resurrection (available now). AFD will be supporting Hardcore Superstar in Moscow in December, and will soon be announcing its Spring 2013 European tour.
Drawing from a love for the late 1980s Sunset Strip glam rockers and Scandinavian sleaze from the 2000s and experience in contemporary metal bands, Addiction for Destruction quickly jumped into the club scene to became Moscow's premiere local rock band. In 2010, A.F.D. released a four-song EP which expanded the band's visibility across Russia. By the next year, the single and video for Feelin' Fine was selling all over the world. Neon Light Resurrection was completed in mid-2012 and picked up by R.W.A. Music Company for release.
Addition for Destruction is: vocalist Tom Spice, D. McKay on bass, guitarist Henning N. Nielsen, and Krock on drums.
Neon Light Resurrection Track List 1. My Resistance 2. Rock' N Roll To You (soundcloud.com/brosseaupr/02-rock-n-roll-to-you/s-JTl3E) 3. On My Needle 4. Neon Light Resurrection 5. Nervous Breakdown 6. Jane Is Insane 7. Jaded Heart 8. Feelin' Fine 9. Can' t Wait 10. (I Don' t Care) You' re Nothing.
Neon Light Resurrection is in stores and online, internationally. Follow A.F.D. at www.afd-official.com and facebook.com/AddictionForDestructionOfficial.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CONEY HATCH TO RETURN IN 2013:
Following the successful reunion show at Firefest 2011, Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing for a worldwide brand new release of Coney Hatch planned for 2013!
Coney Hatch was one of a gang of young Canadian, loud rock bands that sprang up around the turn of the 80's. Beginning in 1980 with a line-up that included founding members Andy Curran (bass & vocals) and Dave Ketchum (drums) Coney thundered across Canada, swapping the first few guitar players for Steve Shelski (lead guitar) and Carl Dixon (vocals & guitar) as they went. Anthem Records signed the band in late November '81, and the following summer saw the first of three worldwide releases: "Coney Hatch" in 1982, "Outa Hand" in 1984 and "Friction" in 1985. After many miles touring with the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept and Krokus the band called it quits in 1986 never having reached a concert stage in Europe.
In April, 2008 Carl Dixon was very seriously injured in a car accident in Australia while returning from a recording session. The other 3 original band members came to his aid for a benefit show and on August 5, 2010 the original Coney Hatch line up (including the now recovered Carl Dixon) played a reunion show in Toronto. It was the first performance from the original line up since 1993. A further live date was scheduled for the Firefest Rock Festival in Nottingham, England on 23 October 2011. It was at that point the guys and Frontiers Records discussed working together for a 4th Coney Hatch album of all new material.
The band is currently working in the studio to give birth to this new release which is planned for a release sometime in 2013. Photo credit Marty Moffatt.


VAN HALEN's 2013 YEAR SHAPING UP:
More good news for Van Halen fans with the band announcing rescheduled Japanese tour dates. They aren't until mid-2013, but coupled with the recent message from Eddie Van Halen, it signals a return to business in 2013, with the possibility of another album still keeping fans hopeful.
Eddie recently posted this message to the VH website: "Hey guys, Eddie here. Thank you for the overwhelming support and all of your cool comments! Hanging out, taking it easy and feeling better every day. Can't wait to see you all in 2013!"

The new Japanese dates (so far) are:
Performance in Osaka (Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium)
(Mon) 19:00 start on June 24 2013 (Tuesday)
(Wed) 19:00 start June 26 2013 (Thursday)
Concert in Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)
(Fri) 19:00 start June 21 2013 (Tuesday)

MOTLEY AND KISS AND THIN LIZZY FOR OZ:
The long rumoured Kiss/Motley Crue Australian tour has been announced, with Thin Lizzy added to the bill. Full details and pre-sales here: www.themonstertour.com/default.htm.
The dates are:
Perth Feb 28
Melbourne March 5
Brisbane March 12
Adelaide March 3
Sydney March 9
Mackay March 16


YNGWIE'S A ONE-MAN BAND ON SPELLBOUND:
A further sign of the impending apocalypse today, with news that Yngwie J Malmsteen has finally run out of singers, opting instead to perform lead vocals himself on his upcoming Spellbound release - due out December 5.
Press and details: "It seems that the man Yngwie J. Malmsteen is truly Spellbound this time around. Not only does he produce some of the most extreme Neo classical guitar compositions, but he is also delivering the lead vocals as well as the other instruments. Included as well, some turbo charges bluesy stuff to boot, Spellbound indeed."
Tracks: Spellbound, High Compression Figure, Let's Sleeping Dog Lie, Repent, Majestic 12 Suite 1,2 & 3, Electric Duet, Nasca Lines, Poisoned Mind, God Of War, Iron Blues, Turbo Amadeus, From A Thousand Cuts?, Requiem For The Lost.


MAGNUM TOUR BLOG PART 1:
Hugely influential British melodic hard rock group Magnum is currently on tour in Europe to promote their recent studio album On The 13th Day. Here is the first part of the tour blog: youtu.be/SzXrttntDs0.
'On The 13th Day', the eighteenth studio album from Magnum and was released in September through SPV / Steamhammer, boasting 11 soaring, brand new totally epic rock songs packed with hook filled choruses, glorious flowing melodies, luscious keyboards and flowing guitar licks and its no wonder that the album has already won numerous rave reviews in the rock press worldwide. The album entered the charts in Germany, Sweden, England and Switzerland.
WebLinks: www.magnumonline.co.uk / www.spv.de.


GUITARS GONE WILD ON 60TH LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE:
Life begins at 60 for Live from Daryl's House as the critically acclaimed, award-winning web-to-cable series celebrates its latest milestone with a visit from legendary Eagles and James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh, who combines with Daryl Hall for a mighty rave-up that also includes learning how to combine 42 ingredients into a tasty chicken mole. For the 60th and latest edition of the show, now available on over-the-air syndication, Daryl and Joe trade guitar licks and verses on the latest episode, which premieres Nov. 15 simultaneously at www.lfdh.com and Viacom's high-definition music channel Palladia.
Daryl and Walsh hit it off right away, with roaring versions of the latter's "Rocky Mountain Way," cranking out his famed talk box, and "Life's Been Good" that featured the two feverishly trading verses and guitar licks. The two perform a pair of Hall solo numbers in "Somebody Like You," the VH1 Behind the Music update of "Someone Like You," from his 1986 solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine" and a take on "Wrong Side of History," from his recent Verve Music Group solo album, Laughing Down Crying. Walsh also played "Wrecking Ball," a track from the recently released Analog Man, his first solo album in two decades, and "Funk 49/50," a gem from his early days in the James Gang. In between, everyone dined on a delicious chicken mole, cooked up by Julieta Ballesteros, the chef at New York Mexican restaurant Crema.
"I was a kid in the Temptones back in Philly when I first heard 'Funk 49,'" recalls Daryl. "Joe was one of the first to take that blues-rock groove and really funk it out. He's one of the great guitar legends, an amazing musician. I couldn't wait to play with him."


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CALLING SONGWRITERS - PLACE VENDOME AWAITS:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that Michael Kiske agreed to start working on a third Place Vendome album. With Dennis Ward producing again, the album will be recorded during the winter 2013 and will hopefully see the light of day after the summer.
Frontiers Records is therefore now looking for YOUR songs for the forthcoming album. We look for songs in Melodic Rock / Power AOR with musical references to the previous albums "Place Vendome" and "Streets of Fire". We look for melodic tracks, rocking tracks and also ballads at the moment.
You can check the following tracks for reference: My Guardian Angel - www.youtube.com/watch?v=voSAeEWOspM / Streets Of Fire - www.youtube.com/watch?v=07KmrXKgVp0 / I Will Be Waiting - www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR6QBgPnnJ8 / Right Now - www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdhJkf_laOU.
The publishing will be handled by Frontiers with standard terms and conditions. For more info or requests you can mail info@frontiers.it - demos can be sent upon request or you can send an email with FTP link.

xx

INTRODUCING SAPPHIRE EYES FROM AVENUE OF ALLIES:
Sapphire Eyes is the new AOR band of songwriter and keyboard player Niclas Olsson, well known for his female fronted Melodic Rock band Alyson Avenue and lead singer Thomas Bursell. Back in 2004 the two Swedish musicians already worked together in the Melodic Hard Rock band Second Heat. For several years already Niclas had the idea for an AOR band with a male vocalist, it originally started when Alyson Avenue parted ways with vocalist Anette Olzon in 2006. But due to other projects, including the work on Alyson Avenue's comeback album "Changes" with their new vocalist Arabella Vitanc, released in the spring of 2011 through Avenue Of Allies, the work on the male fronted AOR album was put on hold.
Over the years Niclas has written a lot of songs that didn't seem to be the right choice for Alyson Avenue, so he kept them up his sleeve until he was working on a suitable recording project.
Sapphire Eyes is exactly the album Niclas was waiting for to dig out 10 AOR jewels from his song vault and to record them with a line-up of musical friends. Niclas and Thomas, who recorded the vocals for seven album tracks, are joined by two other male Swedish singers, Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream, Salute) took over the lead vocals on two songs and Mike Andersson (Cloudscape) handles the vocal duties on one tune. The female vocal touch is added by the two Alyson Avenue front ladies, past and present, with Anette Olzon and Arabella Vitanc recording backing vocals for two songs each.

Guitar contributions on Sapphire Eyes come from Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Lionville), Rik Priem (Frozen Rain), Emil Knabe and part-time Alyson Avenue musician Christopher Dahlmann. With Mikey K Nilsson (Nasty Idols) on guitars and Gran Forssn on bass, two more current Alyson Avenue members followed the call to be part of Sapphire Eyes. The recording line-up is completed by bassists Thomas Lysk, another Alyson Avenue alumni and Mats Sthl as well as Francesco Jovino (U.D.O., Hardline) on drums.
The big sound of Sapphire Eyes has "Pure Classy Scandinavian AOR" written all over it. The songs are highly melodic with hooklines catchy as hell, the musicianship is of the highest order and the mix handled by Anders "Theo" Theander (Cloudscape, Urban Tale) finds the right balance between top notch vocal performances, guitar power, keyboard heaven and a solid rhythm back bone.

Sapphire Eyes will be released November 30.
Track Listing (with audio samples): 1) You're My Wings 4:40 2) I Want You To See Me 5:08 3) Only Feel Love 5:32 4) This Love This Time 4:09 5) Change Of Heart 5:06 6) Can't Find The Words 5:24 7) When Love Comes Alive 4:22 8) A Man The World Can Do Without 4:27 9) Someone Like You 4:22 10) Lay Down In My Arms 4:39.

Sapphire Eyes are: Thomas Bursell: Lead vocals, background vocals; Niclas Olsson: Keyboards, background vocals, drums on track 3; Additional musicians: Mikael Erlandsson: Lead vocals on tracks 1 & 6; Mike Andersson: Lead vocals on track 8; Anette Olzon: Special lead vocals on track 4 & background vocals on track 10; Arabella Vitanc: Background vocals on tracks 3 & 9; Emil Knabe: Guitars on tracks 1 & 9; Sven Larsson: Guitars on tracks 3 & 5; Mikey K Nilsson: Guitars on tracks 2, 6, 7 & 10, additional guitars on track 8; Rik Priem: Guitars on track 4 & Intro solo on track 2; Christofer Dahlman: Guitars on track 8; Thomas Lysk: Bass on tracks 1, 2, 4, 8 & 10, clean guitars on tracks 2 & 10; Gran "G" Forssn: Bass on tracks 3, 5, 7 & 9; Mats Sthl: Bass on track 6; Fransesco Jovino: Drums on all tracks except track 3; Anders "Theo" Theander: Loops, percussion and FX.
Produced by Niclas Olsson / Mixed & mastered by Anders "Theo" Theander at RoastingHouse Studios Studio 1, Malm, Sweden / All drums recorded by Alessandro Del Vecchio at Ivorytears Music Works, Somma Lombardo, Italy
Executive producer: Gregor Klee / www.avenue-of-allies.com.

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INXS OFFICIALLY SAY GOODBYE:
Inxs has confirmed that it's calling it quits. The Australian group announced on Monday night that it had decided to bring the curtain down on a career that's lasted 35 years and 11 studio albums, including six that sold platinum or better in the U.S. "We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end," founding members Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers said in a statement. "We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it's time to step away from the touring arena. Our music will of course live on and we will always be a part of that. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family that have supported us throughout our extensive career. Our lives have been enriched by having you all as a part of the journey."
Inxs actually made the news public on Sunday in Perth, as it played the final show of a tour with matchbox twenty -- during which that group's Rob Thomas joined Inxs for its closing song, "Don't Change." Drummer Jon Farriss told the crowd that it was the group's last show and admitted he was "getting teary" at the prospect. Inxs recently released a 25th anniversary edition of its top-selling album "Kick," as well as a 20th anniversary edition of the DVD "Live Baby Live." In late October, guitarist-keyboardist and chief songwriter Andrew Farriss told Billboard that the group was working on new material, with plans to make another album. The group's last album, 2010's "Original Sin," featured newly recorded version of Inxs classics with guests singers such as Thomas, Train's Pat Monahan, Nikka Costa, Ben Harper, Tricky and others.
In the statement, Jon Farriss noted that Inxs took pride in continuing after the tragic loss of frontman Michael Hutchence in 1997: "It's been 35 years for Inxs as a live touring band and unbelievably it's been 15 years ago since we lost Michael. We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other. It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five. We were lost right at the moment we were on top." But, Andrew Farriss added, "We never took a soft option, it was the adversity, the challenge and the struggle that forged us into the live working band we became. And this was as big as it could possibly get when it came to a challenge, and in the end we decided for a whole bunch of reasons to march forward. To us there was no other option, families always move forward."
Inxs manager Chris Murphy added that, "They believed unconditionally in each other and they also believed unconditionally in the music. People fade, sometimes way too early -- that is life whether we like it or not. To live to 80 plus is a life well lived. To lose Michael so young was a tragedy for all of us. But with this band, their legacy, their music was just so damn good, it was always destined to live beyond all of us."
Inxs has worked with several singers since Hutchence's death, including Canadian J.D. Fortune, who was chosen during the 2005 TV reality show "Rock Star: Inxs." The group was most recently fronted by Ireland native Ciaran Gribbin, and Andrew Farriss had declared that "this particular lineup of Inxs is really -- we're on a winner, I think, with this one. It's looking really, really positive."
NewsLink: www.billboard.com/news/Inxs-confirm-split-it-s-time-to-step-away-1008011302.story#

VIVA DEF LEPPARD - VEGAS AWAITS:
VIVA Hysteria! Def Leppard is coming to Las Vegas in Spring 2013! DL will be taking over the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas for an exclusive nine show residency! The band will perform their iconic album Hysteria in full and more!
The shows will run from 22 March 2013 through 10 April 2013 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets go on sale this Friday 16 November at 10AM (EST). For VIP tickets & all details go to www.DefLeppard.com


JIMI JAMISON - THE NEVER TOO LATE COMPETITION:
Jimi Jamison is one of the finest voices in AOR and to celebrate the release of his brand new solo album Never Too Late we're giving away 5 copies of the European version. Want to get one? All you have to do is send us the answers to the following 5 questions:
Complete the lyrics: Some people ______in the _______ afraid to step into the.
Name two bands he was in PREVIOUSLY
Give three soundtracks/OST's he's been performing on?
In which state of the US is the mountain located you can see on the cover of the new " Never Too Late" album?
What is the famous cartoon's name that features in an episode a song written and performed by Jimi?
Send us the the answers to office@nononsense-bookings.com with Jimi Jamison CD Contest in the subject line. Send it in by Wednesday 10 pm Aussie time, winners get picked and contacted the next day.
In the mean time take a look at his new video featured on top of the melodic rock.com page, visit www.jimijamison.com, find him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jimijamison and leave a message on twitter www.twitter.com/jimi_jamison.
A copy of this contest is also found on: www.nononsense-bookings.com/contest.pdf.


MICHAEL SCHENKER'S DVD VIDEO TRAILER:
The critically acclaimed guitarist Michael Schenker has just posted the official trailer for his upcoming Temple of Rock: Live In Europe CD, DVD and Blu-ray - watch/embed the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua2Bgu4rOuc.
Schenker has also launched the official Temple of Rock Live microsite HERE. Live In Europe, released by inakustik in the UK on Monday December 3, will also be available as a Limited Deluxe Edition including 2 CDs, 1 DVD and 1 Blu-ray. The concerts were recorded and filmed in Tilburg, the Netherlands in May 2012, and at 2011's London's High Voltage Festival.


RUSH SIGNALS CHANGE: NEIL, ALEX AND GEDDY 'INTHESTUDIO' ON MILLION-SELLER ALBUM'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY:
Dallas, TX - Nov 12, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands examines a pivotal moment in the career of Rush. By 1981, RUSH had built a fiercely loyal fan base through eight albums, only one of which did not sell more than its predecessor, and road-dog touring, all the while honing their chops, their arrangements and lyrical themes into a laser-tight focus for Rush's worldwide blockbuster Moving Pictures. So what did the band do for the follow-up when all of their hard work paid off? Rush changed. Because the album also contained the Top Ten hit "New World Man" and sold over a million copies in its first two months, there is a tendency to assume that the follow-up Signals was easily embraced by all of the Rush faithful. It wasn't. With back-to-back million sellers Permanent Waves in 1980 and then the massive Moving Pictures, Rush risked their new-found fame and fortune with the 1982 album Signals, expanding their sound with new instrumentation and additional layers of sound on songs "Subdivisions", "The Analog Kid", "Chemistry" and "The Weapon". But if Rush had not challenged themselves and their fans by continuing to innovate and explore all four corners of the studio on Signals in Fall 1982, would there even be a Rush in the 21st century? Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart all weigh in for this classic rock interview. Here is just a portion of what Neil Peart shared with 'InTheStudio' host Redbeard:
"We were all looking for a new place for the guitar, and Alex was looking for a new way to play it and present it. So Signals is very experimental for us."
Rush 'Signals' - InTheStudio program is available now to Stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/rush-signals-30th-anniversary-2/

DECIBEL GEEK INTERVIEWS WILD MICK BROWN (T&N, DOKKEN, TED NUGENT):
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with "Wild" Mick Brown, the drummer for T&N, Dokken and Ted Nugent. Mick recently called in to chat with Decibel Geek writer Wally Norton to discuss the new T&N project and a whole lot more. Also included in the interview is discussion on how Mick became interested in the drums, forming the band Dokken, the Hear n Aid project, touring with Aerosmith and playing with Ted Nugent.
Direct link to the interview: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/11/wild-mick-brown-talks-t.html. To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.com.


Monday, November 12, 2012

GOODBYE INXS?:
It seems Inxs have signed off permanently after playing the last of their Australian tour shows with Matchbox Twenty in Perth. The band apparently stated that it was their final show and they were going separate ways. Stay tuned for more details...

ANGRA REACH THEIR BEST HORIZONS:
Brazilian metallers Angra released their first best of album Best Reached Horizons by the end of October 2012 on SPV/Steamhammer for the world except Japan / South America. This 20 years career spanning album was compiled by the band and is available as a double jewel case CD with a massive booklet incl. liner notes by guitar player Rafael Bittencourt. CD1 contain an overview of the Andre Matos era, CD2 the Edu Falaschi era with a rare coverversion of Led Zeppelins "Kashmir".
You can hear one song from the "Falaschi" era here: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/angra-arising-thunder.

Tracklisting: CD1 01 Carry On 05:03 02 Angels Cry 06:49 03 Wuthering Heights 04:38 04 Evil Warning 06:41 05 Nothing To Say 06:20 06 Holy Land 06:26 07 Carolina IV (live) 13:13 08 Freedom Call 05:04 09 Lisbon 05:12 10 Metal Icarus 06:23.
CD2 01 Nova Era 04:52 02 Rebirth 05:15 03 Hunters And Prey 06:28 04 Spread Your Fire 04:25 05 Waiting Silence 04:55 06 The Course Of Nature 04:30 07 Salvation:Suicide 04:21 08 Arising Thunder 04:52 09 Lease Of Life 04:33 10 Kashmir 07:37.
WebLinks: www.angra.net / www.spv.de.


VICIOUS RUMORS LIVE YOU TO DEATH:
The legendary US-Metal band Vicious Rumors are back with a thundering new live CD called: LIVE You To Death. The power of the band`s live show is now finally caught on CD! You can hear the power here: "Abandoned" (live): soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/vicious-rumors-abandoned-live.
2011 was the year the band stormed European stages with their highly acclaimed studio album "Razorback Killers" playing 92 shows in 12 months! This new live album was recorded last December on the European tour with the mighty Hammerfall. It features 11 songs , 9 classics and 2 very special studio recordings of 'Sign of the Southern Cross' by Black Sabbath and "Running Wild "by Judas Priest. "We wanted to do a few covers of our metal gods Sabbath and Priest as a tribute to where it all started." Guitarist Geoff Thorpe said. "Vicious Rumors is known for there wicked live performance and "Live You To Death" captures the fire and energy of Vicious Rumors live and in your face! This Live CD is a high speed hammer that's razor sharp! Recorded by Pontus Norgren of Hammerfall, mixed by Juan Urteaga and produced by Geoff Thorpe the live album will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in Germany on November 23rd, Europe November 26th and in the USA November 27th!
Tracklisting: 01. Replicant / Digital Dictator 02. Minute To Kill 03. Murderball 04. Lady Took A Chance ( intro ) / Down To The Temple 05. Abandoned 06. Let The Garden Burn 07. Hellraiser 08. Soldiers Of The Night 09. Don't Wait For Me 10. Sign Of The Southern Cross (cover-version Black Sabbath) 11. Running Wild (cover-version Judas Priest).
Track 1-9: recorded live on the HammerFall-Tour autumn/winter 2011 Running time: approx. 56 min

Vicious Rumors live 2012/2013:
29.11. US-Oakland,CA - The New Parish
01.12. US-Hollywood,CA - The Joint
25.-27.07. D-Brande/Hrnerkirchen - Headbangers Open Air
- more shows will be added soon -
WebLink: www.viciousrumors.com / www.spv.de.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Interview with Adler new frontman Jacob Bunton on RockEyez: rockeyez.com.

Jean Beauvoir updates fans: "Thank you very much to those who have come on-board and joined my Pledge campaign!!! We hope you're enjoying the exclusive updates, more great stuff to come!!! Here is a recent podcast interview with KISS Marketing guru Michael Brandvold and Mitch Lafon, episode 24 of "Dropping The Needle". An Acoustic performance of the Voodoo X tune, "A Lover Like You" written by Paul Stanley from KISS and I, is included. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL6Lz6CRPUk. Also, a brief Jean Beauvoir history video highlighting some of the key moments throughout the years! youtu.be/prDY-csAUKQ.

Intrometal are proud to welcome US-based band Silenmara into our family! Fans of bands such as Mercenary, Scar Symmetry, Soilwork and Killswitch Engage will be all over this one! Check the band out through on of the following links: www.intromental.com/silenmara / www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Silenmara/294840712760.

KAMELOT, THE COCKNEY REJECTS AND VENREZ ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Saturday 10th November 08:00-10:00 UK time) features exclusive interviews with Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot), Micky Geggus (Cockney Rejects) and Steven Berez (Venrez) and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-kamelot-cockney-rejects-and-venrez-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood talks about the band's new release "Silverthorn", their first with new vocalist Tommy Karevic, and chooses two songs from the album.
Los Angeles Hard Rockers Venrez also drop in to talk about their new video for the song "Sell The Lie", which takes a cynical look at the recent US presidential race.
And in the second hour, Cockney Rejects guitarist Micky Geggus talks about the band's new album "East End Babylon" and the documentary film of the same name, recently on nationwide cinema release in the UK. Micky also talks about the band's blend of Punk and Metal influences, and selects songs from "East End Babylon", along with tracks from their metal albums "The Wild Ones" (produced by Pete Way of UFO) and "Lethal", and a track from Queen, one of the band's rock influences.
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from AC/DC, Jimi Jamison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rose Tattoo, Wildestarr, UFO, Phil Lynott, The Righteous Hillbillies, Mob Rules and more.


MRCD10


I'm pleased to update details of MRCD10 - Inside My Head by adding all soundbytes for the new compilation due November 19 (-ish!). JK Northrup has done his usual flawless job on the mastering, which was no mean feat considering the diversity and age of the tracks on CD1 - tracks from this year dating back 20 years. Thanks Jeff! So the track listing is as follows, with links to 90 second audio bytes. Those interested in pre-ordering can follow links below:

CD1: Lost & Found
01) Laneslide - Flying High 4:33 (New Track from upcoming Album)
02) Ferreira - No Friend Of Mine 3:29 (New Track from upcoming Album)
03) Kelly Keagy - Inside My Head 3:53 (Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)
04) Chris Antblad - Liar 3:36 (New Track from upcoming Album)
05) Miss Behaviour - True Man Show 3:29 (Japanese Bonus Track)
06) Magnum - Blood Red Laughter 4:40
07) Mecca - How Many Times (Original Demo) 4:46 (Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)
08) Hess - I Live For You (New 2012 Acoustic Mix) 4:34 (Exclusive)
09) First Signal - When November Falls (Acoustic) 4:15 (Japanese Bonus Track)
10) Philip Bardowell - Welcome To Your Life 4:54 (Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)
11) Lee Small - Captain Howdy 4:30 (Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)
12) Joe Matera - Built For Speed 1:01 (Inst.)(Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)
13) Newman - Backdoor Man 4:11 (Japanese Bonus Track)
14) Last Temptation - Come Ready Or Not 3:37 (Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)
15) The Pack - Lonely 4:43 (Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)
16) Constancia - Wasted 4:13 (Japanese Bonus Track)
17) Gypsy Rose - Solitude 3:26 (Japanese Bonus Track)
18) Hydrogyn - It Doesn't Matter (Alternative Version) 3:28 (Exclusive)
19) Hartmann Featuring Tobias Sammet - Brothers (Live) 6:28 (Exclusive, Previously Unreleased)

CD2: The Best Of 15 Years & More
01) Alliance - Road To Heaven 3:52
02) Places Of Power - The Passage 4:34
03) Steelhouse Lane - Find What You're Looking For 4:05
04) Two Of A Kind - The Longest Night
05) Snakes In Paradise - Come On Join The Party 4:27
06) Eclipse - Unbreakable 3:25
07) Harem Scarem - Afterglow 4:12
08) Miles Of Will - Time & Place 4:05
09) Chris Ousey - A Chemical High 4:18
10) Steve Lukather - You'll Remember 5:15
11) Danger Danger - Hearts On The Highway 4:19
12) Jimi Jamison - Crossroads Moment 4:56
13) Wall Of Silence - It's Only Love 4:56
14) House Of Lords - One Man Down 5:14
15) Ted Poley - What If She Knew 3:49
16) Andersen Laine Readman - End Of My Rope 3:20
17) Guild Of Ages - Into The Night 6:31

MRCD10 is available to pre-order now. Earlier on a discounted offer to pre-order both MRCD9 and MRCD10 together was offered. A great many of those that ordered ook that option. Those orders do not need to be re-confirmed - the CDs will be shipped automatically ASAP.
For those that only purchased MRCD9 or simply like the look of this new compilation, you can pre-order now via the PayPal links below. The discounted offer to receive MRCD9 at the same time remain in place - to order both, use the other PayPal link.
MRCD9 details can be checked out here. Thanks for everyone's continued support of these compilations and to the artists involved!

PURCHASE LINKS AND PRICES:


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2CD Set / 35 Tracks
Released November 12

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4CDs Total / 70+ Tracks (Plus 17 Bonus Download Tracks if purchasing both CDs)
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Purchase both MRCD9 and MRCD10 now and save $2 off each title (and another $2 off shipping price) and have each release shipped as soon as available.



Friday, November 09, 2012

INTRODUCING EDGE HEAVEN KNOWS DUE JANUARY VIA ESCAPE MUSIC:
Edge is an exciting new AOR/Melodic Rock band from Karlskoga, Sweden. They started out as a project by 2 friends sharing the same dream. Having played together in different bands off and on since the mid-nineties, Jonas Forss and Tobias Andersson (Shadowland, Seven Wishes) knew each other by heart. Strangely enough they hadn't written any original tunes together before, even though they had recorded dozens of covers in different shapes and forms.
About 2 years ago Jonas came to Tobias house with an idea for a song and the rest as they say is history. "We found our sound almost immediately. It was as we hadn't done anything else but writing songs together. It all felt very natural, as it was meant to be" They both agreed upon writing an album without compromise. No account to what others might think, just the album they both wanted to hear; melodic, interesting harmonies, variation, power and depth. The songs should mean something and speak for themselves.

Their own brand of melodic hard rock derives from lots of different influences ranging from classical music to metal and beyond. "We always loved music where real musicians actually play for the song and not for themselves if you know what I mean", Jonas states. "Yeah, but that doesn't mean that we don't shred from time to time", Tobias adds, "but always within the context of the song of course."
The two guys recorded 12 songs on their own but felt there was something missing, that extra ingredient to take it over the cliff so to speak: Musicians!!! They knew exactly who to call. Torbjrn Brogren (Heads or Tales) and Olle Rodehn (Shadowland) both accepted with a smile and contributed a great deal to the final sound of the album. They added the extra depth and live-feeling we needed so we decided to re-record everything and Edge, the band was born.

Soon after they finished up in the studio they started pitching for a record deal. "It all happened very fast. We sent 1 song to 5 different labels and 4 of them wanted to sign us right away which felt very good indeed. Escape Music in England pulled the longest straw because of their genuine interest in our music and passion to the industry as a whole."
Heaven Knows is the title of their debut album, and What A Way To Start the New Year 2013 - due for release January 25!

Preview track: Edge - Little Girl (2 min. edit)

Track listing: 1- Little Girl 2- How Long 3- Nowhere To Hide 4- Get Over It 5- I Believe In Love 6- There Is No Other Way 7- I Could Never Live 8- Right Now 9- To Hell And Back 10- Through That Door 11- The End Of The World.
Line-up: Jonas Forss Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards; Tobias Andersson Keyboards, Guitars; Torbjorn Brogren Bass; Olle Rodehn Drums; All songs written, produced and mixed by Jonas Forss & Tobias Andersson.
Special guest Tommy Denander guitar solo on "How Long"; Martina Edoff special guest duet Lead vocals on "Get Over It".
LabelLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


AVENUE OF ALLIES TO RELEASE WHEELS OF FIRE UP FOR ANYTHING NOVEMBER 30:
Two and a half years after their debut album Hollywood Rocks (Avenue 1007 0015) Wheels Of Fire return with their second record Up For Anything. Following the first release of the band, which reached the #42 position on the charts of the Japanese Burrn! magazine, Wheels Of Fire have established themselves in the club circuit in North Italy as an entertaining live act with a stable line-up, that also recorded the songs for their sophomore release.
Front man Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri and guitar player Stefano Zeni were already the core of the recording line-up of "Hollywood Rocks", since then the duo was joined by Marcello Suzzani on bass, Andrea Vergori on keyboards & piano and Fabrizio Uccellini on drums.
Dave and Stefano are also the song writers for all tracks of the album, on some songs Alessandro Del Vecchio (Lionville, Edge Of Forever, Hardline) and Pierpaolo "Zorro 11" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) lend a helping hand in the writing process.
The compositions of Dave and Stefano impressively show the progression of the band into a contemporary Rock act incorporating modern elements into their sound while staying true to their musical roots of the Melodic Rock sound of the 80s. Wheels Of Fire stand for instantly memorable vocal lines and choruses with carefully arranged harmonies, hook laden powerful guitar riffs and solos combined with well-balanced keyboards and piano entries, big sounding drums and solid bass tracks.
Dave delivers a highly professional production job on "Up For Anything" and for the album mix and the mastering Roberto Priori (Danger Zone) was behind the studio desk. On the list of international guests are James Christian (House of Lords) who performs a vocal duet with Dave on the mid-tempo rocker "Don't Walk Away" and is his wife Robin Beck, joining him on backing vocals. And Swedish guitar player Rob Marcello (Danger Danger, Marcello-Vestry) laid down the solo for "No Mercy". Contributions from local Italian musicians come from Michele Luppi (Secret Sphere, Los Angeles, ex-Vision Divine), Roberto Zari and Andrea "Mitzi" Dal Santo on backing vocals throughout the album and a full horn section on "Yesterday's Gone".
Following the release of the album the band will hit the road again in 2013 to present their new songs. Wheels Of Fire are in full gear and "Up For Anything".

Track List (with audio previews): 1) Follow Your Heart 2) Don't Walk Away 3) Turning Up The Radio 4) Pain 5) Web Of Lies 6) Lay Your Body Down 7) Respect 8) Come Back Home 9) Tell Me 10) Nothing To Lose 11) No Mercy 12) Yesterday's Gone 13) Everytime.

Produced by Davide Barbieri, Mixed and mastered by Roberto Priori.
Wheels Of Fire are: Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri: Lead & backing vocals; Stefano Zeni: Lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars; Marcello Suzzani: Bass; Andrea Vergori: Keyboards & piano; Fabrizio Uccellini: Drums.
Vocals produced, engineered and recorded by Michele Luppi @ MiLu's RockLab II Fabbrico (RE), Italy Bass and Guitars engineered and recorded by Alessandro Del Vecchio @ Ivorytears Music Works Somma Lombardo (VA), Italy. Drums engineered and recorded by Roberto Priori @ PriStudio Bologna, Italy.
Special guest musicians: James Christian: duet and backing vocals on "Don't Walk Away"; Robin Beck: Backing vocals on "Don't Walk Away"; Rob Marcello: Guitar solo on "No Mercy"; Michele Luppi: Backing vocals on "Lay Your Body Down", "Nothing To Lose" & "No Mercy"; Roberto Zari: Backing Vocals on "Follow Your Heart", "Turning Up The Radio", "Pain", "Come Back Home"; Andrea "Mitzi" Dal Santo: Backing vocals on "Follow Your Heart", "Turning Up the Radio", "Pain", "Respect"; Claudio Allifranchini: Sax on "Yesterday's Gone"; Domenico Granieri: Trumpet on "Yesterday's Gone"; Giovanni Distefano: Trombone on "Yesterday's Gone".
LabelLink: www.avenue-of-allies.com.

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NEW FRONTIERS PROMO VIDEOS:
Frontiers Records have released 2 new videos - the first is the cool new Jimi Jamison clip Never Too Late (featured at the top of the site). The second is the new promo reel for the label's November 2 releases - Jimi Jamison, Rick Springfield, Issa and Soleil Moon. For more info: www.frontiers.it / www.frontiers.it/usstore.


MASTERPLAN ANNOUNCE NEW VOCALIST AND BASSIST:
Melodic Metal heroes Masterplan are back with new line-up and big plans! The new members are well known:
Swedish vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) is the one to replace Jorn Lande. Altzi enjoys a fabulous reputation through his works with numerous projects and bands. Masterplan's new bass player is another highly regarded musician: Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius/Evergrey).
"The last years have not been easy for Masterplan", band leader Roland Grapow comments. "Because of several factors we have been unable to play festivals and tours - even though we had plenty of offers. But this will definitely change now. I'm very happy to welcome Rick and Jari on board now. Beside their undoubted musical qualities they both fit perfectly into our team. We feel a huge motivation to get things going now. 2013 will be see a new Masterplan album, several festivals and a tour! It's time to return with full force."

First confirmed Masterplan gigs for 2013:
Wacken Cruise
Rocknacht Tennwilm (Switzerland)
Norfest (Portugal)
Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic)

TEN SCORE UK CHART ENTRY:
News from the Ten camp earlier today: "Ten have made history in their tree and keep doing so in the new year. Ten entered the UK Charts at number 30 last week for the first time ever in their history (pictured below)."

Also - Ten are pleased to announce a signing session whilst in Spain. It will happen on Friday 16th November, the day before their Saturday 17th show in Madrid. There will be a raffle for merchandise and tickets to the Saturday show. Plus a mini acoustic performance from Gary, Dan and John (will Steve, Darrel and Max giving their support from the bar!)
So join TEN at: "La urbe del Kas" Avenida Monte Igueldo, Vallekas, Madrid. Doors open: 23:00h Free admission to all.


JACK BLADES GET SPOOKED ON BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL:
Jack Blades checked in today with an update for fans of ghosts stories - Jack is on this week's airing of Celebrity Ghost Stories this Saturday night 11-10 (Nov. 10) Biography Channel 266 (on Direct TV 6 pm)
Here's the episode blurb: "Bill moves into a house that is inhabited by the ghost of a little girl who had a tragic accident there; Dawn invites some young actors to her home and after some seemingly innocent dabbling into the occult, they come to deeply regret their actions; Jack comes face to face with the spirits of Native American warriors out for revenge; Mary moves into Hollywood mansion and is haunted by the previous owner who had delusions of grandeur."
Saturday November 10 at 9:00PM EST
Link: www.biography.com/tv/celebrity-ghost-stories/episodes/bill-bellamy-dawn-wells-jack-blades-mary-lambert.

TOMMY DENANDER - SWEDISH GUITAR CLINIC TOUR & ARFM THIS WEEKEND:
Tommy Denander is live on the Steve Price show on ARfm this Saturday. Tommy will be chatting to Steve about the Impera album amongst other things, such as Firefest. 6pm UK time at www.arfm.co.uk.

After hundreds of guitar clinics around the world in the last three years it's finally time to come back home to Sweden. In the end of November Tommy Denander is doing five clinics about his innovative signature VGS guitar featuring True Temperament frets and Evertune bridge plus showing the very popular Laboga amps.
The dates are -
12.11.26 - Malm Musikaffr - Malm
12.11.27 - Musikalen - Halmstad
12.11.28 - Smlands Musikvaruhus - Nssj
12.11.29 - Musikverstan - Gteborg
12.11.30 - Musikanten - stersund

MELODIC BRIEFS:
New melodic hard rock stuff from Australia hosted on BeRock's Radio YouTube Channel - Jac Dalton - Locked, Cocked & Ready To Rock (Official Video) www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDbwnMqPKyQ.

Here is the artwork of new album Myland Tales From The Inner Planet, Out 2013. www.mylandmusic.com.


The German symphonic metal band Silent Wings is pleased to announce the release of their debut recording for November 23 through iTunes, musicload, Amazon. The 8 track concept EP is entitled Revolution Unfolding. Please visit our Facebook band page and give yourself a listen to samples of the forthcoming album: www.facebook.com/silentwingsband.


TONY HARNELL NEWS UPDATE:
News update from Tony Harnell: "Storms are still battering us but we're all doing well, we are among the lucky ones. Speaking of Hurricane Sandy, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and I are doing a charity acoustic show together in Las Vegas next Friday, the 16th of November and the following night you can see GNR perform. Details here: www.charitybuzz.com/categories/30/catalog_items/328023.
Also I've been asked to be an ambassador and performer for an something that is dear to me, PEACE. This is a pretty big deal and I am just lucky and thrilled to be able to contribute to this great cause. Please check this out! www.timeisnowsummit.org.
Also, continuing with the Pledge Campaign...I wanted to remind you all about this amazing project we've launched where you can participate in the making of our new EP!
As you may or may not know, we've launched a Pledge Music campaign for our new EP featuring Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal from G N'R. We're doing well but we still have a ways to go and we need all of our fans to jump on board at any level you can, even if you just pre-order the download for $8. And what a great way for you to show support for one of your favorite artists...ME:). Here's some more info to help you understand what we're doing and how the project works as the concept is new to a lot of people. First, go to this link below or click the Pledge Music tab right here on my wall to the upper right of this post: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/tonyharnell."

MRX UPDATED:
In today's MRX update are the following new features:
- Def Leppard - Live: On The Eighth Day - June 1992
- Feature Album: Star Star - The Love Drag Years
- Steve Perry - Live In Milwaukee '94 (Audience)
Join MRX now.


Thursday, November 08, 2012

STREET OF DREAMS - THE DOCUMENTARY:
Directors motivation: "This is an universal story of never giving up, seizing the day and following your heart. We want to give the viewer the feel good-sensation as we follow our main character, Jan Erling, at home, in the studio, the kindergarten, skiing in the mountains and of course on tour. But will Jan Erling ever become a rockstar? My goal for this film is to reach out to a broad audience. This is not only a film for the fans of Joe Lynn Turner, but for every person that ever had a dream about wanting more of life than the A4-existece."
Just hearing the name Joe Lynn Turner is enough to send shivers down the spine for any fan of classic rock. Turner has put down vocal tracks on albums with legendary artists like Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen amongst many others. His latest contribution to the world of rock is a little bit different.
In March 2011, the album "Sense of Time" was released. The man behind the album is the anonymous Norwegian Jan Erling Holberg. Although educated at LIPA, bass player Jan Erling never made his way into the world of the stars. Meanwhile, he has been living a normal family life with wife and kids in a small community in Norway. He had everything a man could ever want. House, boat, stabile job and a beautiful family. Despite of this, Jan Erling got depressed. His 30 year old ambition of becoming a professional musician seemed to fade away into a suburban dream. Jan Erling decided to do something about it before it was too late. Recording demos at night resulted in a handful of tracks that raised the attention of his childhood hero Joe Lynn Turner. Jan Erling quit his job, raised the money on his own and a year later he was closer than ever before to fulfil his dream. The documentary movie will follow Jan Erling through the beautiful landscape of Norway as he gets his first and only chance of a major breakthrough on tour with his favorite vocalist of all times Joe Lynn Turner. We will follow him on hiss ups and downs to see if his dream of becoming a rockstar will be realized or if he has to go back to his former job and a anonymous life in his wooden house by the fjord.
The project have received financial support from Midtnorsk Filmsenter and Hemne Kommune.
Link for documentary trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDtNXa7cAHk / Street of Dreams Facebook page: www.facebook.com/streetofdreamsdocu / www.facebook.com/groups/joelynnturneramigos.


FREAK GUITAR CLINIC FOR UK:
Mattias IA Eklundh will be doing a 'Freak Guitar' clinic at the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff on November 14. This is the only event he has scheduled for the UK and is "an unmissable show" for any aspiring rock guitarist. Tickets are only 10 and available from the Cranes Music Store web site: www.cranesmusicstore.com/ticketmattiasiaeklundhcaparisonclinic14thnovemeber-p-3597.html.
This is a link to a short YouTube clip that Mattias filmed while he was in Kathmandu to advertise the clinic: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UP8GEgOZuIE.

ENCORE FOR LED ZEPPELIN: CELEBRATION DAY:
Led Zeppelin's website has been getting 100,000 hits a day from fans - 46,000 searches for local show times and 4,000 requests - to bring the band's historic 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena to a screen near them.
(Los Angeles) Following the worldwide success of Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, the cinema concert event which presented live footage of the band's 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena, there has been an enormous response from fans 1.7 million fans have visited the fan's website. The film was screened in 15,000 cinemas around the world for a strictly limited engagement on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Fans who were unable to attend the original tribute concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in 2007, when more than 20 million fans applied for the 18,000 available tickets in a worldwide lottery, finally had the opportunity to see it as if they had front row tickets. The film earned $2 million in a single night and was a phenomenal success.
Omniverse Vision, the UK-based distribution company that released Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll, has been working with online marketing specialist Distrify to track the response from fans online via an interactive platform on the Led Zeppelin website. With 100,000 hits a day, including 46,000 searches for show times and 4,000 requests for local screenings, Distrify has been able to compile the information needed for Omniverse Vision executives to agree to schedule encore performances in select markets to meet the demands of Led Zeppelin's fans. There has been overwhelming interest in additional screenings from the U.S., the UK, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico and Australia.
For younger fans, this film may be the first time that they will see founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, along with Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, together on stage. For older fans, this might be their last chance to see these iconic rockers perform 16 songs from their iconic catalogue. The band made it all too clear in press conferences announcing Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day that there were no plans for a reunion tour.
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day will be presented in high definition with surround sound in movie theatres for an encore performance on Tuesday, November 13. Tickets are limited. For a list of theatres and show times, please refer to the Led Zeppelin website.
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19, 2012 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records.
Led Zeppelin has also been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. The band is set to receive the Honors at the annual gala on December 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR "SACRIMONY (ANGEL OF AFTERLIFE)" NOW ON THE SPV YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
Kamelot is thrilled to premiere their new music video for "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)" on the SPV YouTube channel. After a successful North American tour with Nightwish, Kamelot is gearing up to headline a European tour to promote their upcoming album Silverthorn out now through SPV/Steamhammer. To watch the video of "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)," click here: youtu.be/pb31BNhjXw4.
Kamelot have held their own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005), are prime examples of Kamelot's multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality. Their latest offering, Silverthorn, sees the band raise this demanding standard even higher, because Silverthorn is a masterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres. In addition, the album confidently and proudly features the band's new singer: with his debut Tommy Karevik from Sweden has proved that he suits Kamelot perfectly in every respect!
The LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn will have a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored blue marbeled vinyl. The digital version is available on iTunes.
For More Information Please Visit:www.kamelot.com / www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial / www.spv.de.

ACCEPT FEATURE ON US CABLE:
The TV show 'Welcome to the D' from Detroit Michigan will be airing their interview/special on Accept this week. In the interview - with guitarist Wolf Hoffman and bassist Peter Baltes - they talk about a new live DVD/CD coming next year, a new Classical album by Wolf Hoffman being released next year, downloading music, social media, surviving in todays music industry, an many other subjects. 3 videos are featured by them, a review of their latest CD Stalingrad, and a demo of the Boss Heavy Metal Zone pedal.
Welcome to the D is broadcast every friday on the MEA TV network Channel 667 on Comcast and 480 on Cox cable. It is available in 23 states. "Welcome..." also have aired a show on Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, TIn Machine, The Cure). Upcoming in the next few weeks are Gil Bridges from Rare Earth and Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad. youtu.be/Udpj8Qa37uQ.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

JOURNEY, WHITESNAKE AND THUNDER TEAM FOR UK TOUR:
Journey and Whitesnake, along with special guests Thunder, are set to appear onstage together for the first time ever in May 2013, taking in eight dates across the UK. Tickets go on sale 10am on Friday 9th November priced at 45 (regionally) & 48.50 (London) (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, are responsible for creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Over the years they have gained multiple accolades - including 19 Top 40 singles, 25 Gold and Platinum albums and single 'Don't Stop Believin'' holding the #1 digital catalogue song in history. In 2011 they drew nearly a million fans to their 2011 Eclipse World Tour which included a sold-out UK leg and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year. In the same year the band were awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the Billboard Touring Awards in honour of the band's significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live. Journey will be joining the tour with their line-up of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).
Journey's Neal Schon said of the tour: "Looking forward to getting back to the UK and playing our best for you all. You guys are the very best, cheers and see you soon. We will be rocking!"

Co-headlining the 2013 tour are the legendary Whitesnake who carry a rightful & righteous reputation as one of the world's leading rock'n'roll bands. Founded and formed by Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, the band have earned multi-platinum albums and multiple top 10 hits worldwide, including 2 number 1 singles with 'Here I Go Again' and 'Is This Love' as well as the unforgettable hammer of 'Still Of The Night'. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they're back with a vengeance in 2013, with plans to release a live DVD ahead of the tour as well as a double album."Unfinished business..." as Coverdale says slyly. "We all wanted the last tour to continue as we got closer to the end...After a year in the studio we're ready to rock on stage again...We're coming back for more..."
Harnessing Coverdale's blues and soul roots & fuelled by incendiary guitarists Doug Aldrich & Reb Beach you have all the elements needed to shape the 'Snake's hard rock identity.

Special guests Thunder will also be joining the UK dates. In 2009 the band went their separate ways, only to return in 2011 for a triumphant live performance at the High Voltage festival in London, followed by 2 sell out Christmas shows. Thunder returned for another 2 sell-out Christmas shows in 2012, with the date first selling out in just 6 hours. The band has been lured back on to the stage for next year's tour with Journey and Whitesnake. Perhaps this could re-ignite their desire for more.
Singer Danny Bowes says: "We'd already discussed possibly doing some shows next year, so this is perfect, and it's a great bill, like they used to be back in the day, it'll be a brilliant night out" and "We agreed we would do some shows next year, but there's no new album so we were thinking we'd just do some festivals, then this came up. It's perfect for us, and it's a great bill, like they used to be back in the day. Let's face it, we could all do with a bit of cheering up at the moment, so hopefully the people who come will get a brilliant night out and go home happy. I'm sure we will."

Journey, Whitesnake and Thunder will play the following:
May 2013
Saturday 18th Glasgow SECC
Monday 20th Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
Wednesday 22nd Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
Thursday 23rd Manchester Arena
Saturday 25th Capital FM Arena Nottingham
Sunday 26th Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Tuesday 28th LG Arena Birmingham
Wednesday 29th Wembley Arena London
Tickets go on sale 10am on Friday 9th November priced at 45 (regionally) & 48.50 (London) (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
More Information: www.journeymusic.com / www.whitesnake.com / www.thunderonline.com.


MIKE TRAMP STRIPS DOWN FOR AUSTRALIA:
It's the first time in over six years that Mike Tramp has taken the stage in Australia for a solo concert. In that time, Tramp has toured Europe consistently, released 3 albums and is now bringing his one man, one guitar, story teller-styled show to Australia.
Over almost 3 hours, Mike will take his fans on a journey from his beginnings as the frontman of White Lion through his 90's tenure with Freak of Nature to his solo career that started with Capricorn in 1998 right up to his last two albums with the Rock'n'Roll Circuz. From the Road to Valhalla, Lady Of The Valley To Rescue Me and What Am I, and finally to Mr. Death, All Of My Life and When She Cries. The stories behind the songs, the era, the world of the 80's, 90's and now through Mike's eyes will be laid bare and performed in their rawest form just as Mike wrote them originallly on acoustic guitar.
This show is Mike's most personal performance ever, joyous for the singer and insightful for his fans. Two exclusive Australian performances in February 2013:
Melbourne Thursday 14 February 2013 at the Northcote Soocial Club
Sydney Sunday 17 February 2013 The Vanguard
More details regarding show time and ticket prices to follow.


MASTERPLAN ADD ANOTHER VOCALIST:
After departing Masterplan for a second time, Jorn Lande has been replaced by Rick Altzi current vocalist of At Vance, Epysode and Thunderstone as the new voice in Masterplan.
The new studio album is almost done and due early 2013. www.master-plan.net.

A PERFECT DAY EPK (OFFICIAL):
A Perfect Day debut album will be released on Frontiers Records. Release date EU: November 23 / NA: November 27. For more info: www.frontiers.it.


JUST-IF-I RELEASE STILL A CLASSIC:
The AOR Heaven Classix series continues with the re-issue of the mega classic one off shot from Just-If-I, titled "All One People", which was initially released in 1993.
Led by Neil 'Noah' Shilkin and featuring Mike Reno (Loverboy) on vocals and Neal Schon (Journey) on guitars, it still stands as one of the finest releases with Mike Reno involved, incl. crackers like "All One People", "Cindy's Song", "After The Storm" and "Go Ahead And Cry".
Digitally remastered by Chris Lyne (Soul Doctor) and incl. liner notes by Dave Reynolds it's available through www.aorheaven.com and selected retailers as a limited edition of 1,000 copies.


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JACK DOUGLAS TALKS AEROSMITH:
Aerosmith fans looking to check out how the band's just-released, decade-in-the-making studio LP Music From Another Dimension, can listen to exclusive excerpts from producer Jack Douglas discussing the real-time-recording of the album ahead of the release of a forthcoming record producers anthology that, 'Behind the Boards: The Making of Rock & Roll's Greatest Records Revealed,' due in stores nationwide from Hal Leonard Books in December, 2012. Live audio excerpts can be found at: www.reverbnation.com/behindtheboards.
Among other commentary, Douglas declared excitedly at the top of his conversation on the making of the band's new LP that: "I was looking to get back to the truth in both sound and the themselves, breaking it down to the raw sound that we used to get, which is: two guitars, bass and drums, vocals, an occasional keyboard, an occasional lead over the two rhythms going. And then truth in sound, I mean we recorded to tape; the processing is all old analog 2 bear, so we're really looking to get back to where we were in the '70s in feel. So that's what we're doing, trying to make a true album. Some of the albums during the 1990s, some were very successful and some were made that feel like they were trying to sell to a young audience."
"On this record, we want to do two things: we want to go to the fanbase, and really the hard core fans who let us know all over the world what kind of record they want to hear- so that's what we're doing. And then, Steven has created so many new fans with Idol, and so many people have gone back to listen to the early stuff that even the kids want to hear that kind of thing again. So we're just having a blast, and when you make a record that's about the truth, and true, its always more fun because you don't have the pressure of trying to be something you're not on the record."


Douglas also took fans inside the heart of the band's writing process throughout the making of the album, sharing that: "the way it works is: we come up with a lick, and then we develop the lick into a feel, and a feel is something that Steven can hold in his hands and bite into. And as soon as he's got that, and feels he can bite into it, we sit in the rehearsal room and we work it up so it's something that he can start singing overeven if it's not lyrics, he starts to get a feel for what the lyrics might be, and he starts singing syllables. Then we go right in to record it while the idea's fresh. Then we listen back to it a few times, make some changes, and go on to another tune."
Once the band had reached a creative consensus on keeper tracks that have thus far included singles like Legendary Child and What Could Have Been Love, the producer added: "We might come back to that tune later with some fresh ideas that may just be changing a couple of chords in a chorus, but slowly these things develop until we end up at the point where we have 15 songs that feel like they're almost complete. But now maybe a couple of chords change here or there, maybe the corner notes on the bass turn to eighth notes, things like that. All the while Steven is singing along, and he's in the control room right next to me. Sometimes I'll give him a 57, and I can be doing an overdub, and Steven is singing right into everybody's headphones, and it starts to take shape."
The book is available for pre-order at: www.halleonard.com.


CARMINE AND VINNY LIVE IN SPAIN:
Photos of Carmine & Vinny Appice's November 1, 2012 performance at Sala Caracol in Madrid, Spain are available at MetalSymphony.com: metalsymphony.com/galeria/thumbnails.php?album=388.
The group's setlist was as follows: Intro, The mob Rules, Holy Driver, We Rock, Flinstones, Carmine Appice solo, Bark At The Moon, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Evil, Vinny Appice solo, Battle Drum Wars, Crazy Train; Paranoid, Heaven and Hell.

THEOCRACY: DEBUT ALBUM RE-RELEASE VIDEO UPDATE:
The debut album from the Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will be re-released through Ulterium Records. Check out a video update below where Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith explains the band's approach to the re-mix, and shares his thoughts on the album in general. Video link: youtu.be/I1_Wg_hfN1I. The Theocracy debut album was originally released through MetalAges Records in 2003, and is currently very rare and hard to find. No release date is set for the re-release yet, but more information and updates will follow.
For more information on Theocracy; www.theocracymusic.com / www.facebook.com/theocracyband.

VITAL TOUR FOR ANBERLIN:
In support of their latest album Vital, Florida five-piece Anberlin have announced a headlining tour throughout the U.S during the month of November. Beginning the jaunt on November 6th in Charleston, the tour will see the band play such cities as New York, Pittsburgh and Columbus before wrapping up on November 20th in Knoxville. The Morning Parade will be supporting on all November dates. Releasing their sixth album Vital on October 16th, the album is now available for purchase with an exclusive track via iTunes.
Tour dates:
November
06 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
07 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
09 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10 - Buffalo, NY @ Infinity
11 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
14 - Toledo, OH @ The Omni
15 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
17 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
18 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
20 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
30 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (WJRR Blizzard Of Rock)

December
01 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom (Q877 Night We Stole Xmas)
02 - Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park (X102.9's The Big Ticket)
15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
16 - Ontario, CA @ Citizens Business Bank Arena (103.9 KCXX Merry Meltdown)

It's up to you to interpret how the meaning of Vital's title applies to this album and to the band itself. For a group that has sold over a million records, toured the globe extensively and landed 2008's single "Feel Good Drag" at No. 1 on Alt Radio and stayed on the chart for 59 weeks, there is a lot to sort through when determining the elemental aspects of Anberlin. For the musicians, though, success is measured mostly by longevity, something they credit their fans for. "I think the biggest testament of Anberlin is just how long we've been around," Nate states. "We've always joked around that Anberlin is going slow and steady to win the race. I'm thankful that I feel like we're actually at that point where we're a real band."

ENUFF Z'NUFF AND FORMER D'MOLLS MEMBERS ENTER "THE JUNGLE" RADIO SHOW:
Billy McCarthy, aka Billy Dior, and Chip Z'Nuff, enter "The Jungle" as live, in-studio guests on Monday, November 12!
McCarthy, who played drums for 80s L.A. Sunset Strip band D'Molls, is a musician turned author/filmmaker. In 2004, he penned the critically acclaimed, fiction based, novel, "The Devil Of Shakespeare." Currently, he is writing and producing an unprecedented documentary film titled "Ferocious Drummers." The film explores the lives of legendary and influential drummers from the rock, pop, funk, jazz, metal, and alternative music genres, including Steven Adler (Guns N Roses), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, King Kobra, Blue Murder), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Visit www.ferociousdrummers.com.
Chip Znuff, who collaborated with McCarthy on a song that supplemented McCarthy's novel, is currently working on an autobiography. To follow the latest Enuff Z'Nuff album, "Dissonance," fans anticipate the release of an Enuff Z'Nuff Anthology CD. Visit www.enuffznuff.com.
Join host BC w/ special guests Billy McCarthy & Chip Z'Nuff in "The Jungle" your non-commercial, non-profit, weekly home for hard rock, hair, & pop metal - streaming live Monday, November 12 from 9pm-11pm central at www.wxav.com and on 88.3 FM Chicago. View 'The Jungle' on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jungle-WXAV-Radio-Chicago-IL/308709089172644.

VOCALIST AL ATKINS AND CHRISTIAN GUITARIST PAUL MAY ENTER THE 'VALLEY OF SHADOWS':
November 6, 2012 - London, UK - The rock world is buzzing with the revelation that good and evil can continue to work together in the form of former Judas Priest vocal legend and heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May. Together these extreme opposites have come together once again to create a powerful new CD called 'Valley Of Shadows', now available on Gonzo Multimedia. Here once again, the men from the "Black Country" have produced an album of outstanding quality straight from the "Home of Metal"! This excellent collection of songs sees Atkins deliver some stand out vocal performances and May shred the axe like the old guitar masters.
'Valley Of Shadows' offers 10 "killer" tracks that burst with melody and metal mayhem. You'll take a journey through what seems to be an "evolution" of rock. With all the elements of "classic" hard rock and metal, yet retaining an underlying progressive core, 'Valley Of Shadows' will not disappoint fans of the genre who decide to take the ride!
Says Al Atkins, "We have kept the same format for 'Valley Of Shadows' since it worked really well for our debut album 'Serpent's Kiss', so we thought why change a winning formula." Paul May adds, "I think the new album definitely leans more towards that 'classic rock' feel, with some modern twists thrown in for good measure, retaining its metal edge."
Al Atkins: Noted for forming UK's Judas Priest and fronting them for four years and laying down the foundations which would see them eventually selling 40 million albums worldwide. He also wrote songs for them which went gold like "Dreamer Deceiver", "Never Satisfied", "Winter", "Caviar and Meths" and Priest's all time classic "Victim of Changes". Al's unique powerful vocal style sites influences by noted rock singers Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers and longtime friend Robert Plant. Al has done countless radio and TV interviews worldwide and recently featured in the BBC TV 'British Heritage'. He has even written a book on his musical life about growing up in Birmingham, UK alongside Robert Plant and Black Sabbath called 'Dawn of the Metal Gods'. Al has released 6 solo albums to date, and teamed up with brilliant Christian writer/guitarist Paul May to record their critically acclaimed debut album 'Serpent's Kiss'.
Paul May: Some people learn to play guitar, Paul was born (again) to play guitar! Paul has become respected for his passionate, soulful guitar work and noted for his explosive and exciting solos. As a world class professional guitarist and songwriter, Paul has played and recorded sessions across the globe, touring and playing throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Eastern bloc. Paul appears on around 50 albums to date, featured in both the secular and Christian arenas. Paul is also a record producer and has covered the entire spectrum of musical tastes in production.
Now with the release of the new Atkins May Project CD, the dichotomous duo are ready once again to bring their special brand of rock and metal to the masses. Although the CD has no definite concept there are certain underlying themes that run throughout the songs. "The album is mainly about facing trials of life and the 'demons' you encounter on the way," Paul explains. "It's about standing up and being counted when you understand who you are. The title 'Valley Of Shadows' relates to many things...that dark night of the soul that finds us all..."
In closing Al has this to impart to the band's fans, "We would like to say a big thanks to all our fans and friends that we have amassed over the long years and would just like to say'Keep It Metal.'"
Atkins May Project 'Valley Of Shadows' is available through Gonzo MultiMedia and can be purchased at: www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15515
For more information: www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk / www.AlAtkins.com / www.PaulMayMusic.com.

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JETHRO TULL'S MUSICAL MASON IAN ANDERSON REVEALS THE IRONY OF THICK AS A BRICK:
Jethro Tull's Musical Mason Ian Anderson Reveals 'InTheStudio' The Irony Of Thick As A Brick On The Release Of Its 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Dallas, TX - Nov. 6, 2012. North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands takes a look at the new 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick. Unquestionably and uniquely in a category all its own, Jethro Tull's 1972 epic Thick As a Brick is the only album in music history to attain #1 sales on Billboard containing only one song, albeit 43 minutes long! For composer/singer/flautist Ian Anderson, Thick As a Brick's ultimate irony here, on the year of its 40th anniversary, is that the album was conceived by Anderson as a total spoof of music critics purporting to ascribe imaginary meaning to the band's preceding Aqualung album as well as a send up of rock's progressive darlings at the time. Ian Anderson explains in an interview with InTheStudio host Redbeard.
"The saving grace of Thick as a Brick is that sense of humor stays sufficiently close to the surface that you don't get pissed off at the album for being too arty, too clever, too bombastic, or at least hopefully you don't if you moderately like Jethro Tull. That sense of humor is always there."
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick/InTheStudio program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/jethro-tull-thick-as-a-brick-40th-anniversary/


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

LIONVILLE RETURN WITH LIONVILLE "II" RELEASE:
Lionville is back! The band's winning combination of tight song writing, stellar musical performances recorded by a gifted cast of experienced studio cats and upcoming talents, crowned by impressive lead vocals and an album mix paying attention to all the significant little details, made "Lionville" one of 2011's most favorite AOR records. Fans and reviewers alike enjoyed the catchy pure AOR sound and among others the album reached # 3 on melodicrock.com's "Best Debut Album Of 2011" rundown, it also landed at # 20 on the site's "Best Album Of The Year" charts and the ballad "The World Without Your Love", written by Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch and Amy Sky, reached # 11 on the "Best Ballad" listing.

Soon after the release of last year's self-titled debut album (Avenue 11100030) main songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Stefano Lionetti, started working on new material for the follow-up to the band's very well received first effort. Together with label owner and executive producer Gregor Klee, Stefano discussed the key ingredients for their next co-operation and both agreed that the record should be a musical continuation of the debut with an occasional interesting twist here and there. Lionville's sophomore album "II" is another slice of high class AOR with a touch of Westcoast and Melodic Rock, with most of the top flight musicians performing on the debut returning to the recording studio to lay down their tracks. During the spring and summer of 2012 the recordings took place in various studios in Italy, Sweden and the USA, before the mixing and the mastering were completed by Alessandro Del Vecchio in his newly built Ivory Tears Studios close to Milan, Italy.

Lars Sfsund (Work Of Art) shows again that he is one of the most versatile and talented lead and backing vocalists of our time, also Stefano delivers a very solid performance on lead vocals in addition to his melodic guitar playing and an occasional contribution on the keyboards. The song "Higher", one of the album's many highlights presents one of the year's best vocal arrangements and performances on a Rock song sees the two young European singers unite with one of the AOR and Westcoast genre's American legends, the two-time Grammy award winning Bill Champlin (formerly of Chicago) with his signature vocals. The trio trades off the lead vocals and Bill's wife Tamara Champlin joins them on backing vocals.

The excellent band playing on all tracks was also the Lionville live band for the celebrated Firefest performance in October 2012, the line-up includes the Italian musicians Mario Percudani (Hungryheart, Issa, Shining Line, Mitch Malloy), Anna Portalupi (Hardline, Mitch Malloy, Issa, Steve Lukather), Alessandro Mori (Mitch Malloy, Moonstone Project) as well as producer and keyboarder Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Hardline, Issa, Mitch Malloy). On the album they are joined by guitarist Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx, Chicago) on seven songs, as well as guest guitar players Robert Sll (Work Of Art, W.E.T.), Sven Larsson (Street Talk) and Peter Friestedt (Williams Friestedt, L.A. Project). The invitees are completed by drummer Herman Furin (Work Of Art) on percussions and Italian saxophone luminary Joe La Viola.
Stefano's song writing partners are again Pierpaolo "Zorro" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace), Robert Sll, Lars Sfsund and Alessandro Del Vecchio and a new co-operation was started with Miqael Persson (Eclipse, Toby Hitchcock, Giant). The only song originating from outside writers is a cover version of Boy Meets Girl's catchy 80s Pop Rock gem "Waiting For A Star To Fall", written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam.

Lionville "II" turns out to be a more mature and homogenous sounding affair than the bands debut, paying even more attention to the musical arrangements and production details resulting in a very well balanced mix that pays attention to all the precious little details. In the case of Lionville "II" the much-cited term "Labour Of Love" is certainly appropriate as everyone involved gave their best from start to finish to deliver one of the AOR highlights of 2012.
Released: November 30
Track Listing: 1) All We Need 2) The Only Way Is Up 3) Another Day 4) Higher 5) No Turning Back 6) All This Time 7) Next To Me 8) Waiting For A Star To Fall 9) Don't Walk Away 10) One In A Million 11) Shining Over Me 12) Open Your Heart.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio at Ivorytears Music Works Studio - Somma Lombardo, Italy. All songs arranged by Stefano Lionetti & Alessandro Del Vecchio except "All This Time" arranged by Robert Sll.

Lionville is: Stefano Lionetti: Lead & backing vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards With: Lars Sfsund: Lead & backing vocals, Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards & backing vocals, Bruce Gaitsch: Electric & acoustic guitars, Mario Percudani: Electric guitars, Anna Portalupi: Bass, Alessandro Mori: Drums & percussion
Very Special Guests: Bill Champlin: Lead & backing vocals on "Higher", Tamara Champlin: Backing vocals on "Higher", Robert Sll: Guitars & keyboards on "All This Time", Sven Larsson: Guitars on "One In A Million", Peter Friestedt: Guitars on "Another Day", Joe La Viola: Saxophone on "Waiting For A Star To Fall", Herman Furin: Percussions on "Open Your Heart".
WebLink: www.avenue-of-allies.com.

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ROYAL HUNT TO CELEBRATE THEIR 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A SPECIAL BEST OF BOX SET!:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Royal Hunt celebrative Box Set release entitled 20th Anniversary Special Edition on November 23 in Europe and January 21 in North America.
After thehighly successful 20th anniversary tour in support of their latest album Show Me How To Live, ROYAL HUNTcelebrate the band's 20th Anniversary with this very special "Best of" package including 3 CDs and one DVD.
The release will include the best Royal Hunt songs from all 11 albums, abrand new song plus 3newly recorded acoustic version of three additional songs anda DVDincluding all the promotional videoclips shot by the band during their long ride...
The tracklisting shows the incredible amount of amazing songs that the band wrote and performed during their long and successful career.

Disc 1: Flight; Kingdom Dark; Stranded; Clown In The Mirror; Wasted Time; Epilogue; Time; Far Away; 1348; River Of Pain; Tearing Down The World; Message To God.
Disc 2: Cold City Lights; Follow Me; Surrender; The Mission; Can't Let Go; Paper Blood; Season's Change; The First Of Rock; Tears Of The Sun; The Well; Shadowman; Hard Rain Is Coming; Half Past Loneliness.
Disc 3: Save Me (new song) ; One by One (new recording, unplugged version) ; Bodyguard (new recording, unplugged version) ; Restless (new recording, unplugged version); Bad Luck; Double Conversion; U-Turn; Sixth Sense; Day is Dawning.
Disc 4 DVD: Videoclips for: Land of Broken Hearts, Day In Day Out, Clown in the Mirror, Far Away, Last Goodbye, Stay Down, River of Pain, Tearing Down the World, Martial Arts, Third Stage, Wasted Time, Interview, Message to God.

Royal Hunt mastermind, writer and keyboard player Andre Andersen says: "To our fans, this will be a great journey through memory lane and for the new fans, a chance to poses a sample of the BEST there is to offer from the Royalty itself! Enjoy!"

ROYAL HUNT: Andre Andersen - keyboards; DC Cooper - vocals; Allan Sorensen - drums; Andreas Passmark - bass; Jonas Larsen - guitars.

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ROMEO'S DAUGHTER LIVE AT THE CLUNY NOVEMBER 16:
Romeo's Daughter is delighted to be performing at The Cluny on Friday 16th November for their first gig in Newcastle since performing in the "Friday Night Rock Show" at The Mayfair Ballroom which was broadcast live on Radio 1 back in the early '90s. Four tracks from that set made it on to a re-issued version of the band's self-titled debut CD. As a result Newcastle has always had a place in the band members' hearts and they are thrilled to be back after such a long time.
The original line up of Leigh Matty (Lead Vocals), Craig Joiner (Guitar), Ed Poole (Bass) and Andy Wells (Drums), is back with a vengeance with a great tour and a whole album full of new material.
The band's pedigree is second to none; each member having previously worked at the highest levels with artists such as: Bonnie Tyler, Whitney Houston, Roxette, Meatloaf, Tom Jones, John Parr, Dexy's Midnight Runners' Kevin Rowland and, Ex GoGo: Jane Wiedlin!

From the release of their debut Album in 1988, produced in part by the infamous Robert John 'Mutt' Lange, it was surely to be only a matter of time before Romeo's Daughter hit the headlines. And that, they certainly did. During a whirlwind tour of the U.S.A their single 'Don't Break My Heart', leapt up the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. The calibre of their songs attracted many established artists; Heart covered the single 'Wild Child' on their 3 million selling album 'Brigade', achieving No. 2 on the Billboard Rock All Play chart. Eddie Money, Bonnie Tyler and the recently reformed Steps too, have had recording successes with other Romeos' titles. Their track 'Heaven in the Backseat' was the also the opener for the film, 'Nightmare on Elm Street 5'.
The second album, 'Delectable', was more like a live album and well worth the wait. It was produced and recorded by Romeo's Daughter and Andy Reilly, and was later mixed by Steve Brown (The Cult, Manic Street Preachers and Wham).
20 years down the line, that same great response has spurred them on to re-group after a magnificent reception at the 2009 Firefest, in Nottingham. Guitarist Joiner, needing no encouragement, had already started to pen new Romeos Daughter songs and after much hard graft from each band member, two long years later it's finally arrived. Rapture, the third long awaited album, captures all of Romeos Daughters' style and verve with a little bit more besides.

Doors opening at 8 and an 11 pm curfew. Tickets are 12. The Cluny website is: www.thecluny.com and the link to this gig is: www.thecluny.com/listing/romeos-daughter.
Tickets available from The Cluny: (Tel: 0191 2304474), from Ticketweb: www.ticketweb.co.uk or direct at sgwm@btinternet.com (no booking fees!)

The other dates on the mini-tour are:
Thursday 15th November at The Railway Venue, Bolton (www.railwayvenue.co.uk)
Saturday 17th November at Nottingham's Rock City (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)

NUBIAN ROSE INTERVIEWED ON BEROCK:
The most promised Melodic Hard Rock band from Sweden Nubian Rose talks exclusively on BeRock Radio about everything!
Question: Your official video "Reckless" has amazing success on YouTube, over 32.000 views. Any plans for another video? Will Nubian Rose hit the road this time for promotional reasons? Are there any plans?
Answer: I'm chocked by the numbers of views. That is truly amazing. Yes, we will make more videos, when and for what song I don't know right now. It would be awesome to make a video for the ballad "How am I", which I think is a song that feels really visual in a way. I directed our first video and I know exactly how the "How am I" video would look. We have to wait and see though, what our future will look like. When will our next release be?
Full Interview Link: minizine.berock-live.com/html/interviews/pages012/nubian_rose.html?tag=result;title;0.


Monday, November 05, 2012

MICHAEL SCHENKER TEMPLE OF ROCK - LIVE IN EUROPE UK RELEASE: MONDAY 3rd DECEMBER:
inakustik is pleased to announce the December 3rd release of Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock: Live in Europe on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Limited Deluxe Edition. This essential live rock'n'roll release includes songs performed live in Tilburg, The Netherlands in May 2012, plus songs performed at London's 2011 High Voltage Festival.
At the ripe age of 15, after a very early start in his professional music career recording his first album with the Scorpions and after joining UFO age 17, Michael Schenker focused exclusively on lead guitar and pure self-expression. The second chapter in his career was focused on experimenting and developing his expertise on a more musical and personal level. With excellent musicians, friends and fans from all over the world, this live recording is part of this celebration.
Schenker sees his music as a building block in the construction of the Temple Of Rock.
"The Temple is almost finished," explains Michael. "The foundation was laid in the 60s by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. The walls were then built by UFO and others in the late 70s. By the 80s it was further reinforced by the likes of the Scorpions, and many other influential rock bands. There's not much new left to expect, but I am glad to be a part of this temple," says Michael. "It's unbelievable fun and an honor to share a stage and make music with some of the world's best musicians."
A concert from Tilburg, the Netherlands was recorded in May 2012 that noticeably distinguishes itself from previous releases due to the line-up that includes Michael Schenker (lead guitar), Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Wayne Findley (rhythm guitar, keyboards).
In addition to this Tilburg concert, fans can experience extracts from London's 2011 High Voltage Festival with Michael Voss (vocals), featuring awe-inspiring guest appearances from Schenker's friends and musical companions including his brother Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) who plays rhythm guitar on "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "Hanging On" and "Doctor Doctor", UFO's Pete Way who plays bass guitar on "Doctor Doctor", and vocalists Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey), and Doogie White, who jointly sing on "Doctor Doctor".
All in all, there has never been such extensive and high quality material from Michael Schenker for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Live In Tilburg - Track Listing: Into The Arena, Armed And Ready, Lovedrive, Another Piece Of Meat, Hanging On, Cry For The Nations, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Coast To Coast, Assault Attack, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, Lights Out, On And On, Let It Roll, Shoot Shoot, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Rock Bottom, Holiday, Blackout, Doctor Doctor.
The Musicians: Michael Schenker (lead guitars), Doogie White (lead vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (keyboards, guitars, backing vocals), Michael Voss (lead vocals, guitar - Special guest on 'Hanging On').

Live At High Voltage - Track Listing - Armed And Ready, Another Piece Of Meat, Rock You Like A Hurricane (ft. Rudolph Schenker), Hanging On (ft. Rudolph Schenker), Doctor Doctor (ft. Rudolph Schenker).
The Musicians: Michael Schenker (lead guitars), Michael Voss (lead vocals, guitar), Herman Rarebell (drums), Wayne Findlay (keyboards, guitars, backing vocals), Elliott Dean Rubinson (bass).
Special Guests: Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar on Rock You Like A Hurricane, Hanging On, Doctor Doctor), Pete Way (bass guitar on Doctor Doctor), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals on Doctor Doctor), Doogie White (vocals on Doctor Doctor).

Formats & Special Features:
CD Edition - 2 Disc Recording from 2012's Tilburg, Netherlands concert / Recording (extracts) from London's 2011 / High Voltage Festival
DVD Edition - 1 Disc Recording from 2012's Tilburg, Netherlands concert / Recording (extracts) from London's 2011 / High Voltage Festival / Bonus-Footage Before The Show (Tilburg) / Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, dts, Stereo
Blu-Ray Edition - 1 Disc Recording from 2012's Tilburg, Netherlands concert / Recording (extracts) from London's 2011 / High Voltage Festival / Bonus-Footage Before The Show (Tilburg) / Bonus-Footage Sound check (Tilburg) / Audio: DTS HD Master, Stereo
Limited Deluxe Edition - 4 Discs Includes 2 CDs, 1 Blu-ray, 1 Bonus DVD. Bonus DVD includes the following content: Brighton Rehearsal / Doogie's Video Impressions.


ROXIE'S ROCK N ROLL PARKING LOT:
Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie has decided to do something completely different on this year's Alice Cooper 2012 Raise The Dead Tour - So instead of waiting in vain to get backstage (the experience is highly over-rated anyway btw;), Ryan Roxie is coming to see YOU! Sign up for Roxie's Rock n Roll Parking Lot by pressing 'Like' and looking at the 'Tour Dates' tab on the page. Click on the city or venue you would like to attend. You will then be notified when & where we will conduct the Rock n Roll Parking Lot in that given city.
Each night, we will coordinate a designated time and place for you and a select number of fellow concert-goers to meet up with Roxie and do the 'pre-show hang' so to speak. You will receive the time & location from this site. Please send a message in advance if you would like to purchase the official 'Roxie Box' 4 CD Box Set. More info on the box set here: roxie77.bandcamp.com/
By signing up for Roxie's Rock n Roll Parking Lot ( to sign up is completely FREE btw, so that's good for your beer & popcorn budget! ) you will have the chance to talk 'shop' with Roxie about anything (almost anything) you desire. Whether it's talking about his musical equipment (Gibson, Marshall, TC Electronics etc) that he's using on the current tour, his past and present band experiences, or even childhood dreams (let's not get too carried away).
Roxie will even be there with one of his favorite Gibson guitars to snap a photo with you to remember the occasion. Remember, it's free, but number of available slots is limited so you need to sign up at the link below to experience the 'Rock n Roll Parking Lot ' (although sometimes the meeting place may not actually be in the parking lot; it may be by the main merch counter, the ladies bathroom (why not?) , or perhaps even at your local pub right beside the venue.

Roxie's Rock n Roll Parking Lot: www.facebook.com/RockNRollParkingLot.

Canadian Dates-
Nov 07Southern JubileeCalgary
Nov 08TCU PlaceSaskatoon
Nov 09Mosaic PlaceMoose Jaw
Nov 11Medicine Hat ArenaMedicine Hat
Nov 13Encana Events CenterDawson Creek
Nov 14Northern JubileeEdmonton
Nov 16Queen Elizabeth TheatreVancouver

Remaining US Dates-
Nov 17Northern Quest Resort & CasinoAirway Heights
Nov 18Emerald Queen CasinoTacoma, WA
Nov 20Toyota CenterKennewick, WA
Nov 21Revolution CenterBoise, ID
Nov 23Paramount TheaterDenver, CO
Nov 24Peppermill Concert HallWest Wendover, NV
Nov 25Grand TheaterReno, NV
Nov 27The Warfield TheatreSan Francisco, CA
Nov 29Orpheum TheatreLos Angeles, CA
Nov 30The Pearl TheatreLas Vegas, NV
Dec 01Fantasy Springs CasinoIndio, CA

FM LAUNCH PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN:
FM are pleased to announce they are teaming up with PledgeMusic to launch their very own Pledge campaign. "We're so excited to be able to involve our fans in the release of our new album Rockville with the help of those good people at PledgeMusic." says Pete Jupp. "There's so much to look forward to with our tour and the release of Rockville coming up next March, and in the meantime we hope everyone will join us on our Pledge page for the countdown - there's some very special FM goodies up for grabs on there!"
The FM PledgeMusic campaign will run for three months during which time fans will be able to pre-order Rockville as a download and on CD and will also be able to choose from a range of exclusive items such as a double-CD deluxe version of the album featuring brand-new bonus tracks; Steve Overland's signed microphone; VIP concert packages and much more. Making a Pledge will also unlock access to a stream of "backstage" updates including blogs, videos and photos.
The countdown starts now! FM's PledgeMusic campaign goes live at midday on Monday 5th November at: bit.ly/FMpledge1.

More FM News - Brit Rockers FM love their traditions and the run-up to the release of their seventh studio album will be no different as 26th November 2012 sees the release of their new Only Foolin' EP. In time-honoured FM fashion this nine-track mini-album (running time approx. 51 minutes) features a mixture of sneak previews, live recordings and new tracks exclusive to this release. Soundclips of all the tracks can be heard at the FM webshop where the CD is also available to pre-order.
Only Foolin' - new studio track from FM's forthcoming album; Rainbow's End - brand-new studio track; Shot in the Dark - new studio recording; Let Love be the Leader (Live) - recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012; Don't Stop (Live) - recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012; Does it feel like Love (Live) - recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012; Tough it Out (Live) - recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012; Hot Legs (Live) - recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012; Only Foolin' (Extended Mix) - remix by Pete Jupp.
Only Foolin' EP is set for release 26th November 2012 on Riff City Records and will be available from the FM webshop at www.fmofficial.com and all good record stores and internet retailers.


SWEET SOUNDS MUSIC TO HOST BENEFIT CONCERT FOR NEW YORK:
News from Sweet Sounds owner Ron Berman: "As a fellow New Yorker/ Staten Islander I have seen and lived the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The city is doing as much as they possibly can but it is not enough. People are now homeless, there is a shortage of food/water/clothing/. There is still no electricity in areas - people are living in the streets. Let's get a huge benefit concert together where 100% of all monies go to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for New York.
I am looking for all major artists who are voluntarily available to perform!! I am currently scouting locations in NYC and will have this benefit concert happening this month (November)! If you can perform - please email Ron at rberman48@aim.com. WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!"
~ Ron Berman - CEO - www.sweetsounds.us.


AN EPIC MARTIN POPOFF BOOK ALL ABOUT THE NUGE:
News from author Martin Popoff: " Guys, now usually I just give you the back cover text but first a little heart-to-heart. I loved doing this book. Ted Nugent was my first concert back in '76 and the guy just makes me happy. As well, Ted's an amazing interview and one of the ones I had with him, is like one of the most outrageous I've ever seen, and it's all here. Plus other chats with him, lots of Derek, and what was quite possibly the last interview dear Cliff Davies gave before his suicide in April '08. But dudes, there's the legendary David Krebs, Lew Futterman, a couple of Amboy Dukes, Don Branker of Cal Jam, lotsa Tom Werman, some Charlie, Rob, lots of research... if this ain't my best book, then certainly it's second to the BOC or tied with the UFO. And it's long 292 pages, with the pictures not too big, and there's like 200 of those. So yeah, as the back cover blurb sez Ted Nugent... hear the Whackmaster roar!
The Tedinator, Deadly Tedly, The Whackmaster or simply The Nuge... guitarin' Detroit gunslinger Ted Nugent goes by many names, but his riff-mad rock 'n' roll speaks for itself. This is the detailed story of the man's music (and emphatically not the rest of it), from the Amboy Dukes through to his bloodthirsty revival marked by the Craveman and Love Grenade albums all men play on ten, indeed!
But above else, it is the story of his classic, celebrated albums with Epic Records, namely Ted Nugent, Free For All, Cat Scratch Fever, Double Live Gonzo!, Weekend Warriors, State Of Shock, Scream Dream and Intensities In 10 Cities... all so much furious fun we hadda name 'em all.
Telling the Tedly tale, offering all manner of fresh perspective in interviews with the author, is Ted himself, along with major players in the story such as Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange, Cliff Davies, Lew Futterman, David Krebs and Tom Werman.
Immerse yourself in Martin's celebrated record by record analysis and emerge out the other end of this thick yet fast-paced tome as a renewed soldier in Ted's army. Still alive and well... still raising hell!

Price including shipping: US orders: $35.00 US funds / Int'l orders (all books go air): $45.00 Cdn. funds / Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds
PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you'd like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net.
Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything long story, ask me!) for overseas, or for US and Canada, any three or even four books at once. But two is the magic number for Europe.
Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or International money order), to: Martin Popoff P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2.
Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, this one won't be there for another week or so, but yes, they are in my office ready to ship).


THE METAL HEDZ PRESS RELEASE:
PALISADE RECORDS announces the first taste of one of it's new bands. The Metal Hedz is a fun throwback to the 80s heavy metal days, with a humorous twist. The first official music video for Play With Kittens can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD8afI3qrFo.
Three other lyric videos can be seen at www.palisaderecords.com.
You can also download the two versions of P.W.P. and five other songs from the website and rock it loud to all your friends! The debut album from The Metal Hedz is due early 2013.


RON NEVISON: THE KISSFAQ INTERVIEW TRAILER:
Audio excerpts from KissFAQ's 25th anniversary "Crazy Nights" interview with legendary Ron Nevison now available. Earlier this year, KissFAQ conducted a comprehensive interview with producer/engineer Ron Nevison in celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Crazy Nights." Never-before-heard audio from the interview courtesy of the interview's official trailer is available now. Acting as a companion piece to their respective fully transcribed interviews, KissFAQ interview trailers cull audio from the KissFAQ Interview Series archive, offering fans tasty excerpts of the discussion. View the interview trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFEjFYCuJH8 / Read the full interview here: www.kissfaq.com/KissFAQ-wiki/index.php?title=Interview_-_Ron_Nevison.


Friday, November 02, 2012

A CALL OUT TO CONCERT FANS:
Earlier today I posted a message to my Facebook page - which received immediate support and enthusiasm. So I'll throw it out here also -
I am considering the possibilities and options of doing another MelodicRockFest in the USA (most likely same area as 1&2). MRF3 is not a definite, there's a long way to go, but if there is the support there and I can pick up some sponsorship and it all comes together, then MRF3 could happen in the second half of 2013.
If you have any comments/questions/requests/leads/whatever - now would be the time to speak up. Love to hear your thoughts. Mail me now.


NEW ROCK CANDY RELEASES:
The following three new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price of 10.99 including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 18th November.

Blackfoot 'Flyin' High' CANDY150 / Regional music has always been the backbone of rock & roll. Chicago blues, Nashville country, Appellation bluegrass and Memphis soul are just a few examples. However, it wasn't until the early 70s that, what was termed, Southern rock, first gained a foothold in the public's wider consciousness. It was a highly stylised sound that hailed exclusively from the American South, leaning heavily on several influences and giving rise to a number of lauded acts, such as the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and... Blackfoot. Hailing from Jacksonville, Blackfoot's rise to prominence was, like so many others, both slow and painful. Front man and leader Rickey Medlocke even left the band for a while to drum with an early incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd before reforming Blackfoot prior to the recording of their debut album for Island Records and moving over to the Epic label for this, their second, release. With three Native American Indians in their line-up, Blackfoot's sound was part Lynyrd Skynyrd and part Led Zeppelin, helping to consolidate a style that would later springboard them to international acclaim in the 80s. Recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, with notable session musicians David Hood and Jimmy Johnson at the production helm, 'Flyin' High' was originally released in 1976 and remains a terrific example of a band finding not only their style but also their future.
24-bit remastering from source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, new interview with Rickey Medlocke, enhanced artwork and rare photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Feelin' Good 2. Flyin' High 3. Try A Little Harder 4.Stranger On The Road 5. Save Your Time 6. Dancin' Man 7. Island Of Life 8. Junkie's Dream 9. Madness 10. Mother.


LA Guns 'S/T' CANDY141 / odfather of the early eighties LA rock scene, then guitarist Tracii Guns is your man. A hustler, a human dynamo and a hugely talented band leader, Guns broad-shouldered his way onto the Hollywood strip with a succession of fledgling acts, including Hollywood Rose a band that evolved into the legendary Guns N'Roses. Sadly, following a disagreement with Axl, he left (replaced by Slash) and immediately formed LA Guns, a unit that was now under his sole control and direction. The band was solidified with the addition of British born frontman Phil Lewis, fresh from the well respected glam rock band Girl (that also featured future Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen) and former WASP drummer Steve Riley. Signing to PolyGram the band recorded their debut album on home turf in Los Angeles with producer Jim Faraci (Ratt, Poison, Femme Fatale). The results were hugely encouraging, the band whipping up a frenzy of low-slung sleaze in the finest style. Originally issued in 1988, the album surprised even their most dedicated supporters by quickly going gold and selling a cool half million units in the US alone. Amongst a brace of classic tracks, including 'Sex Action', 'Electric Gypsy' and 'Bitch Is Back' is a surprising cover of the Girl anthem 'Hollywood Teaze', a track allowing Phil Lewis to link past ambitions with his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
24-bit remastering from source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, new interview with Tracci Guns, enhanced artwork and rare photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. No Mercy 2. Sex Action 3. One More Reason 4. Electric Gypsy 5. Nothing To Lose 6. Bitch Is Back 7. Cry No More 8. One Way Ticket 9. Hollywood Tease 10. Shoot For Thrills 11. Down In The City.

LA Guns 'Cocked & Loaded' CANDY142 / IT WAS an unlikely combination; an LA based band pivotal to the upsurge in mid-eighties glam based hard rock but fronted by London born vocalist Phil Lewis, previously of Girl, one of the early eighties most lauded UK outfits. Amazingly, the combination was highly combustible confirmed by the band's self-titled debut album crashing into the US charts and going on to sell over half a million units. Naturally all eyes were on the bands second album, 'Cocked And Loaded', a record recorded in Los Angeles with seasoned producers Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Cheap Trick) alongside Duane Barron & John Purdell (Poison, Ozzy Osbourne, Heart) and featuring guest appearances from Ted Nugent, Derek St. Holmes, Robin Zander and Rick Nielson. The results were spectacular, confirming that LA Guns were more than just a flash in the pan by storming the US charts, selling over a million copies and producing two bonafide hit singles with 'Never Enough' and the power ballad 'The Ballad Of Jane'. Stylistically their no-nonsense style of razor sharp riffs and tough-guy bravado also helped them to surf the grunge onslaught from Seattle allowing the band an afterlife that many were ultimately denied. Make no mistake, 'Cocked And Loaded' remains one of the most comprehensive and exciting records to have emerged from the glam/sleaze movement.
24-bit remastering from source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, new interview with Tracci Guns, bonus track, enhanced artwork and rare photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Letting Go 2. Slap In The Face 3. Rip And Tear 4. Sleazy Come Easy Go 5. Never Enough 6. Malaria 7. The Ballad Of Jane 8. Magdalaine 9. Give A Little 10. I'm Addicted (Guitar Solo) 11. 17 Crash 12. Showdown (Riot On Sunset) 13. Wheels Of Fire Bonus Track: 14. I Wanna Be Your Man.

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HIGH ROAD EASY RELEASE VIDEO TEASER FOR NEW ALBUM:
German melodic rockers High Road Easy are known for their "punchy European hard rock". 15 months in the making High Road Easy deliver their second album Drive. Drive rocks harder and faster, while also being more melodic than the debut Hotter Than A Thousand Suns. It is both diverse and more consistent than the debut. To give taste on things to come they just released an album teaser: www.youtu.be/0JOXcZBqNNA.
Drive is a giant step forward for the band, proving the special chemistry between multi-instrumentalist Sven Horlemann and singer Jan Knopf. Blessed with one of Germanys finest rock voices, Jan Knopf shines in all songs. Riffs, grooves and keyboard hooks are delivered by Sven Horlemann. Drive is the result of two artists having found the perfect playground for their creative endeavours. Adding to the excitement are guest musicians, like musical composer Stefan Wurz' piano contributions on the ballad "Come To Me".
The CD / MP3 already available at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/highroadeasy2. Digital distribution incl. iTunes release on November 15.
WebLinks: www.highroadeasy.com / www.cdbaby.com/Artist/HighRoadEasy / www.youtu.be/0JOXcZBqNNA.

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JIMI JAMISON, ISSA AND JACK BLADES LIVE ON ARFM:
On the Steve Price Rock Show this weekend. Saturday 3rd November, Steve will be joined live by Jimi Jamison and Issa to chat about their new albums which are out on Frontiers Records. Plus of course, a good selection of new releases, inc the new Lionville, southern rockers Teazer and some great reissues.
On Sunday, Steve is joined by Night Ranger's Jack Blades to chat about 24 strings and a drummer, the new unplugged album. Both shows start at 6pm UK/1pm EST. www.arfm.co.uk.

IMPERA AND RORY GALLAGHER SPECIAL ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 1st November 21:00-23:00 UK time, repeated Saturday 3rd November 08:00-10:00 UK time) features exclusive interviews with Donal Gallagher (brother of Rory Gallagher) and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-rory-gallagher-special-with-donal-gallagher-and-impera-interview/
In the first hour, Rory Gallagher's brother (and tour manager) talks us through the new batch of Rory remasters (covering the period 1975-1982, with the albums Against The Grain, Calling Card, Photo Finish, Top Priority and Jinx), with the stories behind the albums and a song from each one.
And in part 2, guitarist Tommy Denander of Impera, whose members have played with a veritable who's who of Hard Rock, including Paul Stanley (Kiss), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss), Vinnie Vincent (ex-Kiss, Vinnie Vincent Invasion), Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) and Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and who also feature Red White and Blues vocalist Matti Alfonzetti (ex-Jagged Edge), talks about the band's formation and their new album "Legacy of Life", with two tracks from the new release.
Plus classic tracks and killer new cuts from Black Country Communion, Thin Lizzy, Loudness, Paul Gilbert, Dio, Cinderella, Down and hot new Southern Rockers The Righteous Hillbillies.

OBSESSION: NEW TRACK POSTED ONLINE:
The classic US heavy metal band OBSESSION have uploaded the track "Forbidden Desire" on YouTube. "Forbidden Desire" comes off their new album "Order of Chaos" that was released on October 3rd in Europe and October 9th in North America through Inner Wound Recordings and on September 19th in Japan through Spiritual Beast.
Link to the track on YouTube: youtu.be/ULIPoC-h_yo. The Japanese edition of the album features the exclusive bonus track "The Damned".

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with 3 great live shows from the past:
- Dio - Dragon Head - Budokan 1986
- Def Leppard - Wasted 1999
- TNT - Live - The Palace 1989
Join MRX now.

NEW REVIEWS:
Two new reviews have just been added to the site - Jimi Jamison and Kiss. Check them out now. More to come next week...


Thursday, November 01, 2012

NEW VAN HALEN ALREADY IN THE CAN FOR 2013?:
It's been a quiet patch for Van Halen fans (we're used to that!), but that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping my ear to the ground for any news or rumors. What I have today comes under the "rumor" category, so don't shoot the messenger folks, just passing it along as it came from a good source.
What I heard today was that the band, when recording the A Different Kind Of Truth album, in fact recorded enough material for a second release and that could find its way into our hands in the first quarter of 2013 before the next leg of the band's tour commences. So....interesting and hopefully true, as I'm still spinning the latest album and loving it. Stay tuned...

ASIA RESONANCE: THE OMEGATOUR TO BE RELEASED BY FRONTIERS IN NOVEMBER:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Asia's newest live package Resonance on November 23 in Europe and November 27 in North America to coincide with the band's forthcoming tour.
Recorded on May 4th, 2010 in Basel, Switzerland, this new ASIA live 2CD / DVD captures the band, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton in front of an ecstatic audience during one of the shows on the "Omega" World Tour.
Filmed with 18 HD cameras, this live recording is truly a rewarding experience for all Asia fans. After the polished Japanese DVD 'Fantasia', ASIA released 'Spirit of the Night' from the Cambridge Festival two years later. 'Spirit' was a high-energy, end-of festival document. This is Asia resonating the Z7 on an "Omega" night in Central Europe: "ASIA live on the road, in-your face and for your pleasure," says John Wetton.
The set list features songs from their first two reunion albums "Phoenix" and "Omega", along with a selection of the classics from the 1982 debut album and their 1983 follow-up Alpha. The recording is a historical document of where the band was at the time and a snapshot of their musicianship, camaraderie and passion.
This live 2CD / DVD is released exclusively in a lavish DigiPack edition and is an irreplaceable companion to the studio album.

Resonance tracklisting includes: CD1: I Believe; Only Time Will Tell; Holy War; Never Again; Through My Veins; Don't Cry; All's A Chord; The Valley Of Rocks; The Smile Has Left Your Eyes; Open Your Eyes.
CD2: Finger On The Trigger; Time Again; An Extraordinary Life; End Of The World; The Heat Goes On; Sole Survivor; Go; Heat Of The Moment.

DVD: I Believe; Only Time Will Tell; Holy War; Never Again; Through My Veins; Don't Cry; All's A Chord; The Valley Of Rocks; The Smile Has Left Your Eyes; Open Your Eyes; Finger On The Trigger; Time Again; An Extraordinary Life; End Of The World; The Heat Goes On; Sole Survivor; Go; Heat Of The Moment.
Enjoy a sneak peak of the forthcoming DVD - Only Time Will Tell:


Asia Tour Dates
31st October 2012 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Hall of Homestead United States
1st November 2012 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak United States
2nd November 2012 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre United States
3rd November 2012 Sloan, IA Winnavegas Casino Showroom United States
7th November 2012 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom United States
8th November 2012 Santa Ynez, CA Churmash Casino United States
9th November 2012 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club United States
10th November 2012 Las Vegas, NV Green Valley Casino United States
11th November 2012 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House United States
13th November 2012 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Casino United States
15th November 2012 Houston, TX House of Blues United States
16th November 2012 Dallax, TX Granada Theater United States
17th November 2012 Austin, TX One World Theatre United States
19th November 2012 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse United States
20th November 2012 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre United States
21st November 2012 Orlando, FL FL Plaza Theatre United States
23rd November 2012 Manistee, MI Little River Casino Resort United States
15th December 2012 Tavistock The Wharf United Kingdom
16th December 2012 Holmfirth The Picturedrome United Kingdom
17th December 2012 Edinburgh Queens Hall United Kingdom
19th December 2012 Salisbury City Hall United Kingdom
20th December 2012 Birmingham Town Hall United Kingdom
21st December 2012 Manchester RNCM United Kingdom
22nd December 2012 London Shepherds Bush Empire United Kingdom
WebLink: www.originalasia.com / frontiers.it.

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AUSTRALIAN TOUR FRENZY FOR 2013:
First there was news of Journey / Deep Purple and Ringo Starr heading to Australia...now Black Sabbath have announced dates and we still have Kiss/Motley Crue dates to come plus rumors of Aerosmith here in May. Shinedown and Anberlin are also looking at dates downunder.
Black Sabbath dates are:
25 Apr 2013 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
27 Apr 2013 Allphones Arena Sydney
01 May 2013 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne
04May 2013 Perth Arena

And here's the new tour graphic for the DP/Journey tour:


SHOWCASE UPDATE:
9 new CD Showcases added today - Gene The Werewolf & A Perfect Day (Frontiers Records, November 23 release); AOR (AOR Heaven, November 23 release); Trail Of Murder (Metal Heaven, out now) and Kidd Blue, Creature, Gypsy Rose, Tragic Romance & The Godz (FnA Records, all out now). Check them out now!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

JOURNEY & DEEP PURPLE TO TOUR AU & NZ:
At long last! Journey will hit Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever in a double-heading billing with Deep Purple - February 2013. 9 dates across the 2 countries, with tickets on sale November 12.

Two mega rock groups of legendary status, Deep Purple and Journey (who are here for the first time) will be touring this summer playing a run of dates through Australia and New Zealand. Shows include dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Our Kiwi brothers won't miss out, with a show in Auckland being announced as well.
Deep Purple has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, with iconic hits including Black Night, Highway Star, Space Truckin', Hush, My Woman From Tokyo, Perfect Strangers and Knocking At Your Backdoor, and of course Smoke on the Water, which is arguably one of the most famous guitar riffs ever written. Nominated for the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, DEEP PURPLE are currently preparing to unleash their latest album of brand new material in February.
Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, have created some of the best-known songs in modern music, including Don't Stop Believin', Anyway You Want It, Faithfully, Who's Cryin' Now and Open Arms. Since the group's formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums in the US, with their Greatest Hits album going 15 times Platinum.
Tickets to all shows go on sale on at 9am (local times) on Monday, 12 November 2012.

Deep Purple Journey Tour Dates:
Sunday, 24th February Vector Arena, Auckland Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz or (09) 970 9700
Tuesday, 26th February Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Friday, 1st March Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Saturday, 2nd March Entertainment Centre, Sydney Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Monday, 4th March Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Thursday, 7th March Perth Arena, Perth Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND HIT AUSTRALIA:
Ringo Starr has announced his 2013 Australian tour dates. As part of a tour that takes in New Zealand and Japan the former Beatle will play headlines shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Starr will be joined by his All Starr Band, featuring guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto); bassist Richard Page (Mr. Mister); multi-instrumentalist genius and Tame Impala remixer Todd Rundgren; saxophonist Mark Rivera (Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel); keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey); and drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth).
At an All-Starr Band concert, Ringo performs all the Beatles classics you really want to hear 'Little Help From My Friends', 'Yellow Submarine', 'Act Naturally' and selected songs from his 16 solo albums. Each band member also performs hits from their own career, so expect to hear plenty of rock classics from Santana, Toto and Mr. Mister in the set.

Ringo Starr tour dates:
Monday, February 11 Convention Center, Brisbane
Wednesday, February 13 Horden Pavilion, Sydney
Saturday, February 16 Festival Hall, Melbourne
Tuesday, February 19 Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Thursday, February 21 Challenge Stadium, Perth
Tickets on sale Wednesday 7th November.

FNA RECORDS OPENS UP THEIR HALLOWEEN TRICK BAG:
FnA Records opens the Trick or Treat Bag with 8 new releases Reach in and grab yourself a handful! FnA Records wishes all you hard rock lovers a Happy Halloween. More details, pre-orders and more titles all available at: www.fnarecords.net.

The first and maybe most appropriate release this Halloween by FnA Records is from the real Hollywood Vampires, Fatal Attraction. Fatal Attraction was that band on the sunset strip that hard rock fans flocked to, just so they wouldn't miss the live show. From the live show entrance of the band emerging from real coffins, to the onstage sacrifice of a virgin, to the mutilation of a preacher's arm holding a bible, to the ripping out of a girls heart, to tons and tons of fake blood ~ Fatal Attraction was much more than a music showit was a spectacle. This is not to diminish the music at all, because the FA's music could stand shoulder to shoulder with any of their fellow contemporaries on the strip. Formed in 1988, the immortal ones quickly became one of the most respected band on the strip writing and recording an arsenal of tracks. The band started in 1988, and now almost 25 years later, FnA Records releases the band's first official release, Immortal, containing 15 tracks. Check out the bands new music video at: fnarecords.net/index.php/news/fatal-attraction-releases-video-for-first-single-from-new-album-on-fna-records/


The self-proclaimed, although definitely earned, Sleaziest band in L.A. in the late 80's was Trash Cowboys. Building on what was known as glam rock, Trash Cowboys helped usher in a new style of glam music called "Sleaze Rock" or "Sleaze Metal". Kicked out of almost every club, and often in the middle of their set, the Trash Cowboys would ultimately become infamous. As word spread, the demand for the cowboys became so big that lines formed outside their shows, shows sold out, and fans would ultimately be turned away. Management stepped forward, and the Trash Cowboys found themselves as the support band for Motley Crue on a six month overseas tour of pure debauchery and sin. FnA Records has compiled the bands 3 demos which include the 1987 Lipstick Fix demo, the 1989 Sex Saloon demo, and the 1991 The Good, The Bad, and The Nasty demo to form one hell of a full length album.


Monsterous catchy hooks, crunchy guitar riffs, and sing-along melodies fits Kidd Blue to a "T" - and this along with a stellar live show led to the band becoming one of the most successful bands on the west coast. Often compared to bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Warrant and countless others, Kidd Blue certainly earned that reputation. Their professionalism was second to none and their recordings (even though demos) were of the highest caliber. Despite having released a previous version of their album called Big Trouble, Kidd Blue wanted to release the album in a manner that they could be happy with. So they teamed up with FnA Records who not only remastered the Big Trouble album, but added six more never-before-released tracks. Big Trouble - The Expanded Edition features six bonus tracks that are every bit as good if not better than the ten tracks that made up the original Big Trouble release. This is a must have release for fans of the aforementioned bands or those who loved the first version of the release.


Everyone recalls the hard rock scenes on the west coast and east coast, but the Midwest is often overlookeduntil now. FnA Records is pleased to announce the release of one of Chicago's finest glam rock pop bands, Gypsy Blue. With a glossy look and pretty boy image, Gypsy Blue tore up the stages of the Chicago hard rock scene. Gypsy Blue was a four piece unit that grabbed not only the attention, but the respect from everyone in the Midwest. Catchy, melodic, sing-a-long songs along with a live show that featured stolen ambulance and police car lights flashing, oversized drum risers, ego ramps and giant strobes, plus smoke lots and lots of smoke! Twenty Five years ago there was only a small 3 track cassette demonow with the support of FnA Records, one of Chicago's finest prepares to release their first ever full length album, Livin' In The City.


Another Chicago band joins forces with FnA Records to release their first full length album ever. No Romeo, splashed onto the Chicago hard rock scene out of nowhere and quickly created a buzz as one of the Midwest's most energetic and melodic hard rock bands. The band toured relentlessly around Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, and were luminaries at clubs like the Thirsty Whale, The Avalon Nightclub, and The Gateway Theatre until they picked up and headed to the Sunset Strip where they made the rounds at clubs like The Whiskey A-Go-Go, The Viper Room, The Roxy, and The Troubadour. Lost Angel In Paradise, the new 12 track album on FnA Records consists of two of No Romeo's indie demo cassettes plus a handful of live tracks that showcase the bands energetic live show and ends with the obligatory live acoustic ballad, 'One Of These Days'.


Yep! FnA Records has taken Chicago by storm! The third Chicago band seeing their first ever release on FnA Records on October 31, is Stikky Suite - once one of Chicago's youngest and most heartfelt bands. Often the go-to band when national acts came through town, Stikky Suite opened for bands like Dangerous Toys, Enuff Z'nuff, and Lillian Axe. The band had only released a 2 song demo, and had 2 other tracks in reserve and were scratching their heads as to how to make a release out of 4 songs, when FnA Records uncovered another 10 tracks from a rehearsal tape that a fan had. Now featuring 14 tracks with titles like, "Baby Wants More", "Blow Me (A Kiss)", "Heavenly Bodies", "Hot, Wet, & Wild", and "Scratch That Itch", Stikky Suite releases their debut album entitled Kicked Out Of Heaven.


Formed in the late 80's, No Sympathy was one of those bands on the strip who didn't play by the rules, they set them! A mix of hardcore glam, sleaze and cock-rock, with a tinge of European Goth and punk, the band strutted up and down the strip making Hollywood take notice. A bombastic, over-the-top live show paved the way for one of the strips most underrated bands to cause a stir. Always a little left of center, No Sympathy penned what might simply be some of the best, rarely heard tracks from back in the day. Twenty plus years later, the band finally sees their material getting a just release on FnA Records with the album Dolls With Balls. Dolls With Balls features six studio recordings and 5 tracks live from the Viper Room. Check Them out...Do you have the Balls to hang with these Dolls?


Closing out the list of Halloween releases on FnA Records is the solo CD by Michael Ross, lead singer of Gypsy Rose. While probably most recognized by his songs "Poisoned By Love" and "Don't Turn Your Back On Me Now" that he recorded with his Gene Simmons (KISS) signed band, Gypsy Rose, Michael definitely stands on his own two feet throughout his debut solo release. Originally released in an extremely limited run, Do I Ever Cross Your Mind, quickly sold through its initial pressing on the heels of extremely well-penned, heartfelt tunes like "I Could Be Good For You", "Nothing To Lose But Each Other", and "If Your Love Is Gone". With the successful release of a second Gypsy Rose album (Poisoned By Love) on FnA Records, Michael wanted to get his solo material back out to the loyal fans who appreciate his songwriting style and solid lyrical delivery. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind is available through FnA Records by itself or as part of a package deal with the new Gypsy Rose release!


MORE NEW KEIFER TUNES:
Cinderella frontman Tom Keiffer has revealed 2 more audio previews for songs off his upcoming solo album - due early 2013. The songs can be heard right now at: www.tomkeifer.com/music.

NEW OSUKARU PREVIEW:
Not so long ago, Oz Osukaru announced the reformation of Osukaru and a new album in the making - the 4th release in total but the first as more of a solo-type project. The album, to be titled Triumphant, will hit the streets April 7, 2013. It's the same day as Osukaru will make their UK live debut at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival in Rotherham together with acts such as Skid Row, FM, Jeff Scott Soto, Tesla and Heat just to name a few.
The first single from the album is titled "Believe" and it will be available all over the world in early December this year. For those who have been following Osukaru for a while, this song made its first appearance on the EP "GBG2LA" but is now re-recorded for this new album. Unlike "Salvation" however, this will be the only re-recording featured. The single will include two different versions of the song.
Modelling on the cover artwork for "Believe", as well as on the upcoming album "Triumphant", is Jessica Frost - a pop singer signed to Oz's management label Blindfoldead International who will release her own single by the end of November. For more info on Jessica and her music, visit www.jessicafrost.se.
And for more information on what's going on in the Osukaru camp, visit the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/OSUKARU/323280557510?fref=ts


HARD ROCK HELL - AOR FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
HRH AOR Music Festival in proud association with Classic Rock Rock Magazine is pleased too announce its full line up for next April's event with the addition of New Jersey legend's Skid Row plus FM, Kip Winger, H.E.A.T, Romeos Daughter, Dynazty, Barbe Q Barbies, Mia Klose, Osukaru, Escape, Worldsend & Spill Sixteen who will join the likes of Tesla , Danny Vaughn & Jeff Scott Soto for what promises to be a monumental weekend of the best AOR and takes place at Magna Science Adventure, a spectacularly renovated Steel Works in Rotherham on April 6th / 7th.
To buy tickets go to www.hrhaor.com or ring 08700 110034. Remember all deals, discounts n early bird prices finish 1st November. All packages subject to availability. Which ain't a lot...
For those of you that want a reminder of Skid Rows Classic Youth Gone Wild click below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJrbHapH5pM.

HRH AOR is set in a unique and truly amazing venue at Magna Science Adventure and with zones namely, Earth, Steel, Wind, Fire & Water and we cant wait to share this adventure with you.

HRH AOR Full Line Up:
Tesla, Skid Row, FM, Kip Winger, Danny Vaughn, Jeff Scott Soto, Uli Jon Roth, Moritz, Ten, Romeo's Daughter, HEAT, Serpentine, Vega, Dante Fox, JettBlack, Dynazty, Nubian Rose, Miss Behaviour, Osukaru, Stampede, Barbe Q Barbies, Escape, Newman, Estrella, Mia Klose, Knock out Caine, The Morning After, Summers, Worldsend, Buffalo Summer, Spill Sixteen.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DEGREED OFFER FIRST TASTE OF NEW ALBUM:
The guys from Swedish melodic rockers Degreed have completed work on their new studio album - a follow up to 2010's awesome Life, Love, Loss album. The guys have worked hard to ensure that this album will continue to kick ass and is another really high quality and consistent album from a band that deserves major attention.
They have just put up the first song from the album on Soundcloud called Black Cat - check it out! soundcloud.com/degreedmusic/black-cat.
Tracks for the album will include: Black Cat, What if, In For The Ride, Inside of me, Follow Her, Blind Hearted, Access Denied and a few more.

Right now at the band's website (www.degreedmusic.com) you can pre-order the new t-shirt and get the Swedish version of life, love, loss (with the bonus track "Constant") for free! Go to: degreedshop.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-t-shirt-and-get-life-love-loss-album-for-free.

And a reminder for UK fans - Degreed joins the equally excellent Vega on their November UK tour:
2nd November: York, Fibbers
3rd November: Nottingham, Rock City
4th November: London, The Borderline
For everyone without tickets, go and buy them from www.gigantic.com/gigantic/home_vega.html.


SURGELAND RECORDS SET TO RELEASE TUNE IN TO MIND RADIO: A TRIBUTE TO VOCALIST KELLY KEELING:
Surgeland Records, a division of the Serge Entertainment Group LLC, is set to release the Kelly Keeling tribute CD Tune in to Mind Radio. The CD contains five songs written by Keeling with renditions inspired by musicians who have known Keeling or have been touched by his talent. It also contains a new song written and performed by guitarist Dominic Gaudious inspired by Keeling.
"Tune In To MIND Radio is a very eclectic CD with everything from power metal to alt rock to classic rock to new age and world music", explains Sandy Serge, Executive Producer. I basically asked the involved musicians to do whatever they wanted with the songs they chose and they achieved some amazing results. Surgeland Records is now accepting pre-orders at www.kellykeeling.net for the November 20 release. Free shipping is offered for USA orders received prior to November 20 and the first 75 orders will receive a free poster.

The first single released last October is a modernized version of the melodic rock song Perfect Day which formerly appeared on Guitar Zeus projects and also on Keeling's solo CD Giving Sight to the Eye. The song is performed by Carmine Appice & Friends, and introduces musician Anthony Z'sler who arranged, mixed and mastered the tune, played acoustic guitar, and performed lead/background vocals. Legendary drummer icon Carmine Appice, a co-writer of the song, plays drums and percussion along with Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, the Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) on bass. Charlie Gilbert plays lead guitar. The track was written by Keeling, Appice, and Franklin.
Also on board for the project is Marty Paris who played a major part in the Paris Keeling project. Surgeland Records released the CD End of Ride Revisited by Paris Keeling in 2009 which featuring songs produced and co-written by Paris. He produced two tracks on Tune In To MIND Radio Rising of the Snake and Free and also plays guitars on Free.

Additional tracks include: In and Out of Time - performed by Greg Cos Cerenzia; Rising of the Snake - performed by Park Sipes and Friends; Free performed by Marty Paris and Friends; Morning Song performed by JJeffrey Michael; Hombre Salvaje inspired by Keelly Keeling and written/performed by Dominic Gaudious.

About songwriter Kelly Keeling: If ever there was a powerful rock vocalist that has gone through so many incarnations and evolutions, it is Kelly Keeling. From his days with Baton Rouge and on to the band Blue Murder. To writing, singing and performing with guitarists John Norum (Europe) and Michael Schenker. Then joining forces with Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus and vocalizing with some of the most renowned guitarists in the world like Yngwie Malmsteen and Vivian Campbell. The next incarnation included the Deep Purple-sounding band Heaven and Earth and singing for prog keyboardist Erik Norlander. Mascot Records released Keeling's first solo project in 2005 and he later became a vocalist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2008, Surgeland Records released "End of Ride Revisited" by Paris Keeling, a reissued project on which Keeling worked with guitarist/songwriter Marty Paris. Kelly Keeling is a Louisiana-born multi-instrumentalist and has been the principle songwriter in every band he has ever been in. He is always in demand as a songwriter, vocalist, producer and guitarist. More info is available at www.kellykeeling.net and www.facebook.com/kellykeelingmusic.


DIVEBOMB ARTIST TERRY ALLEN PASSES AWAY:
Divebomb Records are saddened to report that Elysium's guitarist/vocalist, Terry Allen, passed away early last week. Personally, we only knew him a short time, but his music has been with us for over 20 years. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and band mates. Elysium's drummer, Tim Jorgensen wanted to share this open letter with all the fans of Elysium and fellow metal brethren throughout the world.
R.I.P. Terry.

Terry W. Allen - May 1966 to October 2012
"It is with my deepest regret that I must pass on the news of the death of Terry W. Allen. He was found dead in his apartment on Monday, October 22nd, 2012. To most reading this he was a great guitarist, innovative song writer, talented singer and the backbone to Elysium and the Inspired Hatred cd. He also played in Paramoure in the late 1980's, Phoenix Rising (a country band of all things) in the early 90's, Parricide, Rage (this goes way back to high school in the early 80's) and I am sure I am missing some as well. He was truly a rocker indeed. He brought the best out of me as a drummer and had a profound influence on me both musically and personally. I have truly been privileged to be part of Terry and his family since we started jammin' together at 11 years old.
On the outside Terry was pretty quiet, but if you knew him well it didn't take long to realize there was a very passionate, intelligent, witty and funny guy in there. I can't tell you how many hours we have spent discussing politics, women, marriage, religion, business and music of course. I will miss having those conversations. He is survived by his Mother and sister. He had no children and was not currently married. I have been out of the music scene for so long and have no idea how to contact any of our old friends from the south Florida days. If anybody out there feels the need to contact me please feel free to email me at timjorgensen545@yahoo.com.
Thank you for reading this and listening to our music as well. My heart and prayers go out to Terry's family. God Bless ~ Tim Jorgensen.

STREAM TWO NEW SONGS FROM SCELERATA'S NOVEMBER 6 RELEASE:
The Sniper the new release from Scelerata will undoubtedly turn heads, forcing metal icons to watch their rear view mirrors as these guys pull up fast with the nitrous afterburners firing! Testosterone infused, melodic power metal best describes their music, though there are also many moments showing a progressive edge and showcasing immense vocal talent.
Today Scelerata is offering a sneak peek into The Sniper by debuting not one but two new songs from the album on the Nightmare Records Website. Get a first listen to the title track and the song Rising Sun right HERE.
Watch full length video for their song Rising Sun on YouTube on the Nightmare Megaloud channel Here!

The Sniper presents a stunning vocal performance from Fabio Juan, showing a much more matured band that delivers a heavier more aggressive sound, beautifully mixing power metal and melodic progressive elements ranging from angst ridden lyrics of corruption to sorrowful love lost. The huge and intricate production makes this album a must hear for any true metal fan.
The Sniper was produced, mixed and mastered by Charlie Bauerfeind with guitarist Renato Osorio. The album also features Andi Deris (Helloween) and Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) as very special guests, who not only sing but helped compose and co-write the songs. The Sniper is available for pre-order from the Nightmare Records Website and Amazon.
Scelerata got their start with their debut Darkness & Light which was released in 2006. It was mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward and featured guest appearances by Renato Borghetti (Accordeon), Edu Falaschi (Angra) and Thiago Bianchi (Shaman). The band followed up with their sophomore release Skeletons Domination in 2008. This effort was mixed and mastered by Charlie Bauerfeind (Helloween, Blind Guardian, Rage, Saxon, Halford, Hammerfall, Motorhead). Performing with giant names in rock and metal over the last decade, the band is looking forward to hitting the road soon on their own headlining tours.

The Sniper Tracklisting (Digital): 1) Rising Sun 2) In My Blood 3) Road To Death 4) Breaking The Chains 5) Unmasking Lies 6) Must Be Dreaming 7) Drowned In Madness 8) Welcome Home 9) 'Til The Day We Die 10) Money Painted Red 11) The Sniper.
North American CD Exclusive Bonus tracks re-recorded with New Vocalist Fabio Juan: 12) Spell of Time (Bonus 2012) 13) Eminence (Bonus 2012) 14) Leave Me Alone (Live Bonus 2012) 15) Phoenix Tales (Live Bonus 2012).
WebLinks: www.scelerata.com / www.facebook.com/scelerataofficial / www.nightmarerecords.com.


INTRODUCING LAVETTE:
Lavett is a Swedish westcoast-based five piece with tons of experience under their belt. Having spent the last ten years making albums and touring with other acts (Dead By April, Lost Horizon, Beseech, The Unguided, Cipher System, Nightrage, Cemetary, Serenade For June etc.), they now feel it's time to start from the beginning. All though plans for starting Lavett have been around for some time, it wasn't until now it was possible to make it happen.
The sound of Lavett is a perfect blend of their musical ideals. Guitar-based, modern metal with focus on melodies. The listener will be left with both an "I've been here before" and a "what a hell happened" kind of feeling. Without swaying towards schizophrenia, Lavett moves comfortably among their own influences. Even though you may know the Lavett members from before, you have no way to prepare yourself for what they're bringing to your speakers this time around. Lavett has been opening for Dead by April (sold out show), Sonic Syndicate (sold out show) as well as playing one of biggest rock/metal festivals in Sweden, Getaway Rock Festival (sold out) as well as local gigs around Sweden.
The band consists of ex-band members of "Lost Horizon", "Dead by April", "Sundown", "Beseech" and "Serenade for June". All band members have been out on tour with their ex-bands, playing more than 400 live shows and released more than 15 albums collectively. Lavett's debut album "Find Your Purpose" was produced by Lavett and recorded in 2012 at Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden.
Line-Up: Vocals - Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon, Crystal Eyes, Heed); Guitar - Manne Engstrm; (Beseech, Sundown); Bass - Henric Carlsson (Dead By April, Nightrage, The Unguided); Guitar - Andreas Olavi (Serenade for June, Dodge); Drums - Chris Silver (Sundown, Cemetary).
WebLinks: www.lavett.net / www.facebook.com/lavettband / www.youtube.com/LavettTV.


NUBIAN ROSE ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE:
October 26th, the fantastic album Mountain of the band Nubian Rose was released all over Europe via Funklord Dynasty Records/Music Buy Mail. In their home country Sweden, Nubian Rose, the band around charismatic singer Sofia Lilja could already raise big interest of the media and fans, when "Mountain" was released nationwide in June 2012. Among other activities the band was even invited to the biggest morning show on Swedish television, Nyhetsmorgon on TV4.
Soon, people in other countries started being interested in the band, thrilled by their melodic hard rock music and the stunning voice and presence of their singer. With roots in the melodic hard rock of the 80s, Nubian Rose blend powerful riffs and great melodies that are topped by the outstanding vocals of Sofia Lilja. Sweden Rock Magazine, Sweden's biggest music magazine, even wrote: "More radio friendly and commercial viable then band like Journey or Dio." and "Perfection runs like a red line through the whole album."
Right in time for Nubian Rose's European wide album release, the video of the song "Reckless" can be watched on YouTube. Check yourself: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6cdFj27M0I.

JIMMY CRESPO TO CELEBRATE AEROSMITH ANNIVERSARY:
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Aerosmith's 1982 "Rock in a Hard Place" album, Former Aerosmith Lead Guitarist Jimmy Crespo will perform the entire record from cover to cover backed by Las Vegas' favorite band The Sin City Sinners.
This once in a lifetime event is One Night Only and takes place in Las Vegas on November 2nd @ The Railhead (inside Boulder Station)
It's a free show, so arrive early. Doors open @10pm, show starts @11pm. After "Rock in a Hard Place" is performed there will be an All Star jam to follow.
Sin City Sinners own Zach Throne will handle the lead vocals for this special event with Special Guests Ron Keel, Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot) Frank Dimino (Angel) & Louie Merlino (Beggars & Thieves) each singing a track. Rounding out the night will be Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) on guitar, Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab) on drums and Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, Missing Persons) on keyboards. The band will be introduced by radio & TV Personality Eddie Trunk (host of That Metal Show).
Jimmy Crespo is best known as the man who replaced Joe Perry in Aerosmith from 1979-1984. In addition to appearing on the "Night in the Ruts" album, Jimmy co-wrote the majority of "Rock in a Hard Place" & performed almost all the guitar work. In the years after Aerosmith, Jimmy toured with the likes of Rod Stewart & Billy Squier and many more. For more information please visit thesincitysinners.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Midnite Sun has uploaded one new full song from its new album Anyone Like Us?, published on October 23 via logic(il)logic Records. Lost In A Killing Field is available for streaming on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a5-tkSB24w&feature=youtu.be / www.midnitesunband.com.

Soldierfield's debut EP 'Bury The Ones We Love' is officially released on Monday 29 October 2012 via Metalbox Recordings. The EP continues to draw a great number of fantastic reviews and airplay across the UK and Europe and is now available to buy from the following outlets: Amazon, Play.com, HMV, iTunes, Spotify, Hellion Records, Germany and others. Soldierfield comprises Leigh Oates, Andy Trott, Steve Wray, Simon Priestland and Jeff Singer. For all the latest press, please visit www.metalboxrecordings.com and www.soldierfieldband.co.uk.

Captain Black Beard just posted another video from their performance at Summer Nights Rock Fest. The song is New York City and it will be featured on the band's upcoming new album. On January 21 they will enter Ghost Ward studios once again to record with David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia). www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qA2d3xUvA5U.

Chloe Lowery (lead vocalist for Big Brother & the Holding Company in 2006,) and has gone on to sing in Yanni's Voices project, is now one of the lead vocalists with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and she is now also fronting her own band, Chameleon. She has been interviewed here: musicandartinterviews.blogspot.com/

DECIBEL GEEK UPDATES:
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Great White Drummer, Audie Desbrow. Decibel Geek writer Cynthia Johnson caught up with Audie via telephone for an update on all things Great White. Included in the interview is discussion on the new album, the new energy that vocalist Terry Ilouis has brought to the group, and even touches on the Rhode Island tragedy. dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/great-white-interview.html.

The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Jason Jansekovich, Barry Martin (West Memphis Suicide), and Chuck Dailey (The Salads). Decibel Geek writer Wally Norton gets the inside story about the new Kissin' Time Canadian Tribute to Kiss CD with all proceeds going to Sickkids Foundation (Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital). Included in the interview is discussion on how the Kissin' Time CD came to be, how West Memphis Suicide and The Salads got involved and how they chose their respective songs. Direct link to the interview: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/kissin-time-for-kids.html.

If you want to "Rock n Roll All Nite" with Spiro, hear West Memphis Suicide destroy "War Machine" and hear a really cool, funked up version of "Lick it Up". Add to that 10 more killer Kiss tunes done in a way you have never heard before, head over to: kissintime-canadastributetokiss.bandcamp.com/ to order your copy today.
Tracks: King of the Night Time World - Gord Prior ; C'mon and Love Me - Bobnoxious; War Machine - West Memphis Suicide; God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You - Zealots Desire; Detroit Rock City - Tracenine; I Was Made For Lovin' You - R.E.D; Deuce - Before The Damned; Hard Luck Woman - Sarah Smith; 100,000 Years - GrimSkunk; Goin' Blind - The Buffalo Brothers; Love Gun - Curtis; Lick It Up - The Salads; Rock And Roll All Nite - Spiro Papadatos.


SAXON TO RELEASE "HEAVY METAL THUNDER THE MOVIE" ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:
After enjoying a limited "Fan Club Only" UK release, Heavy Metal Thunder The Movie, Saxon's wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echelons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December. The double-disc set features the soon-to-be-celebrated story of Saxon, while the second disc is packed with bonus features including a full-length performance (on St. George's Day) from April 23rd, 2008. Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, Heavy Metal Thunder The Movie pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford's teenage years in the coalmines of Yorkshire and Son Of A Bitch (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. "Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise," says Biff of those early, industrial days, "It's what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made."
It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it's a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another Rock n' Roll story. Heavy Metal Thunder The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band. "We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years," laughs Biff. "You know classic clich of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day." These wonderfully nave young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn't offer in 1980. And from that point, Heavy Metal Thunder The Movie, takes the viewer on a journey on a Rock n' Roller of a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.

Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. Despite the fact that to this day there remain problems between the Byford/Quinn and Oliver/Dawson parties, everyone tells the full unedited Saxon story with heartfelt honesty and integrity. "We do have a great legacy," says Byford, "whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There's a legacy there and I've tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon."
Heavy Metal Thunder The Movie will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That's a truth as honest as the film itself
Formats DVD Digipack (2 Discs) Blu-ray
For further information: www.udr-music.com / saxon.udr-music.com / www.saxon747.com.

QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY INTHESTUDIO TO CELEBRATES BAND'S NEWS OF THE WORLD ALBUM AT 35:
Dallas, TX - Oct 29, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Queen's 1977 classic News Of The World featuring perhaps the two most recognized Rock anthems in history. "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions" are the opening songs to Queen's sixth studio album and instantly became fan favorites as well as centerpiece songs played at most stadium sporting events throughout the past 35 years. Brian May recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard how Queen's singer Freddie Mercury envisioned those songs to be and why that spirit continues today.
"He (Freddie) could already see how it would be, if we played it in a concert and everyone had their hands in the air and we sang "We Are The Champions". And I could see that's what it's about. Years later we talked about it and he said to me, 'Rock'n'Roll is the only place where everybody has a feeling of like being on a team, but you're not fighting anybody.' It's like if you're at a game you have two sides who are singing their songs and feeling very much part of a team, but they all want to kill the other side. The difference at a rock concert is, everybody's in the same team."
Queen 'News Of The World' -InTheStudio program is available now to STREAM at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/queen-news-world-35th-anniversary-2/

EDEN'S LOST NEW LINE UP:
News from Eden's Lost: "We introduce you Luis F. Blanca (Mr. Rock), new band's keyboardist, who will substitute Javier Gallego, who has left the band by personal reasons. We would like to thank Javi for his work and effort all these years. We desire all the best for his future projects. At the same time we give our welcome to Luis, who has fitted perfectly with the band's sound and style. You could be watching this new line-up alive, next November 9th at "Festival de Metal" in "La Sierra" (Collado Villalba) venue, among Viga, Asfaltika and Guadaa.
[Eden Lost, from left to right are Santi Hernndez (bass), Ignacio Prieto (vocals/guitar), Jorge de la Cuerda (drums), Luis F. Blanca (keyboards) and Jess Laso (guitar)]"
In addition, the band has recently released a new website: www.edenlostband.com and a new promo video for their last album, "Breaking the Silence" (2012, Vaso Music): www.youtube.com/watch?v=NofR9GDxfbc.


MRCD10 - UPDATE:
I'm sorry to report, but the expected release date for MRCD10 is being pushed back to the week of November 19. I've encountered delays in receiving final tracks, mastering and now also getting artwork completed (it's a busy time of year), so the set has not yet gone to manufacturing, which takes an additional 2 weeks. Sorry for the delays there, updates asap and they will be shipped as soon as delivered.


Monday, October 29, 2012

FIRST REVIEWS IN FOR LIBERTY & JUSTICE:
Liberty n' Justice are planning the release of their new album The Cigar Chronicles More info can be found at: www.facebook.com/libertynjusticerocks.

The track listing is:

Volume 1 (the covers)
1. "Ice Ice Baby" Seann Nicols (Adler's Appetite/ Tarsha) & Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister) originally recorded by Vanilla Ice
2. "I Can't Dance" Stevie Rachelle (TUFF) originally recorded by Genesis
3. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" CJ Snare (Firehouse/ Rubicon Cross), George Lynch (Dokken/ Lynch Mob), & Jeff Pilson (Dokken/ Foreigner) originally recorded by U2
4. "Stayin' Alive" Kip Winger (Winger) originally recorded by The Bee Gees
5. "YMCA" Kelly Keeling (Baton Rouge & Trans Siberian Orchestra), Chris Dickens (Mission Of One) & Neil Zaza originally recorded by The Village People
6. "Iris" Tony Harnell (x-TNT/ Westworld) & Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot/ Hotel Diablo) originally recorded by The Goo Goo Dolls
7. "You're So Vain" Phil Lewis (LA Guns) & Chris Green (Rubicon Cross/ Furyon) originally recorded by Carly Simon
8. "Queen Of The Night" Selena McVey & Brooke St. James (Tyketto) originally recorded by Whitney Houston
9.."Blame It On The Rain" Andrew Freeman (Hurricane/Offspring/30 Stones), Pete Fry (FarCry) & Eric Ragno originally recorded by Milli Vanilli
10. "Bye Bye Bye" Chas West (Bonham) & Jeff LaBar (Cinderella) originally recorded by N'Sync
11. "Dancing On The Ceiling" James Christian (House Of Lords) originally recorded by Lionel Ritchie
12."Stuck In The Middle With You" Larry Worley (FearNot), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses), Andy Robbins (Holy Soldier/Joe Lynn Turner), & Anthony Gravley (Windup Rocket) originally recorded by Stealers Wheel
13. "Mmmbop" Jamie Rowe (Guardian), Anthony Gravley (Windup Rocket), Roxx Hunter originally recorded by Hanson.

Volume 2 (The Originals)
1. "Devil His Dues" Derrick LeFevre (formerly of Lillian Axe), Vic Rivera (Crunch), Michael Feighan (White Cross) & Barry Graul (Mercy Me/ White Cross)
2. "The Greatest" David Cagle,Mark Allen Lanoue (Chasing Karma/ Bilioxi), & Brad Stetler
3. "Cupids Gonna Bleed' Gunnar Nelson (Nelson),Steve Brown (Trixter) with Barry Carl (Rockapella)
4. "Under Construction" Eric Dover (Slash's Snakepit/Jelly Fish),Mark Kendall (Great White) ,Ian Keith Hafner (Jaguar Blaze) & Eric Ragno
5. "Been There Done That" Ted Poley (Danger Danger) & Richard Kendrick (Straitjacket Smile)
6. "Grace" Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart/ Rain/ Charade), Phillip Bardowell (Unruly Child/ Beach Boys) & Mark Slaughter (Slaughter)
7. "Sucker Punched" Rick Stitch (Hotel Diablo), Jerry Dixon (Warrant) & Xander Demos
8. "Broken Bones" Giancarlo Floridia (Faithsedge), Greg Martin (The Kentucky Headhunters), & Chad Stewart (Faster Pussycat)
9. "Sin" Jani Lane, Bill Leverty (Firehouse), & Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper)
10. "Give Em' A Light" Paul Shortino (King Kobra/ Quiet Riot/ Rough Cutt) & Dave Henzerling (King Kobra/Steelshine)
11. "Daddy Long Legs" Louis St August (Mass) & Tim Gaines (Stryper)
12. "Cut Me Mick" Ron Keel (Keel) & Michael Phillips (Deliverance/ The Sacrificed)
13. "Tomorrow" Terry Ilous (Great White/XYZ),Ron Wikso (Foreigner, The Storm, David Lee Roth, Richie Sambora,Cher, Gregg Rolie Band), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Ian Paice,Glenn Hughes, Edge Of Forever and Eden's Curse) & PK Mitchell
Additional background vocals by Richard Kendrick, Giancarlo Floridia, Phil Vincent, Michael Stover, Frankie Cleaver, Bryan Cole.

After much hype and wait...... the reviews are starting to come in!
"Oh...so...CRANKABLE! The Cigar Chronicles: Volume 2-The Originals is as near to perfection as 2012 has seen. Crank this masterpiece to 9.5..." www.glitter2gutter.blogspot.com/2012/10/liberty-n-justice-cigar-chronicles.html?m=1.
Let God Rock Your World goes on to say "On his latest musical project, 'The Cigar Chronicles,' Justin Murr once again uses his skills to put together an all-star cast of musicians and pounds out a collection of 26 both original and cover songs that really rock it out." letgodrockyourworld.wordpress.com
"The Cigar Chronicles is one of the musical highpoints of 2012...CRANK IT UP (9 out of 10)" whitethronereviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/liberty-n-justice-cigar-chronicles.html.
The album was produced, co-wrote, arranged, and most instruments played by JK Northrup (Liberty N' Justice/ King Kobra/ XYZ) at Alien Productions (www.alien1111.com).


JOE SATRIANI HEADS TO THE UK:
Joe Satriani, one of rock music's most respected and celebrated electric guitar players, will undertake a 10-date 2013 UK tour starting Saturday 8th June at the Manchester Apollo. This will be Satriani's first UK tour since 2010's Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards tour . Very special guest is blues guitarist Matt Schofield.
Tickets go on sale Friday 2nd November and can be booked online from www.ticketline.co.uk or call 0844 888 9991 or the venue direct. The tour coincides with Satriani's new solo album released by Sony worldwide in May 2013, followed by a career retrospective box set in the spring.
Earlier this year, Satriani performed a sold out concert with Chickenfoot at the London Brixton Academy in support of the band's second album III. He also embarked on multiple G3 tours in Australia, Europe and South America, had his music sampled in Nicki Minaj' hit single Right Thru Me, and appeared as himself in Brad Pitt's Oscar-nominated baseball film Moneyball.

MATT BLACK RE-JOINS A FOREIGNERS JOURNEY:
Matt Black, Serpentine frontman has also joined up with UK's Foreigner/Journey tribute band A FOREIGNERS JOURNEY, Matt was in fact the original singer for the band which now enters its forth year of touring.
A Foreigners Journey Tour Dates:

2012
03 Nov- The Wharf, Tavistock (Tel: 01822 611166)
01 Dec- The Diamond, Sutton In Ashfield (Tel: 01623 456617)
08 Dec- Robin 2, Wolverhampton (Tel: 01902 401211)
23 Dec- Country Park Inn, Hessle, Hull (Tel: 01482 640525)
29 Dec- Venue, Birdwell, Barnsley (Tel: 01226 742377)
2013
18 Jan- Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd (Tel: 01443 485934)
19 Jan- The Tunnels, Bristol (Tel: 08444 780898)
25 Jan- Cox's Yard, Stratford Upon Avon (Tel: 01789 404600)
02 Feb- The Railway, Ipswich (Tel: 07970 436040)
09 Feb- Yardbirds, Grimsby (Tel: 07771 520374)
23 Feb- Picturedrome, Holmfirth (Tel: 08444 780898)
30 Mar- The Diamond, Sutton In Ashfield (Tel: 01623 456617)
06 Apr- The Vic, Swindon (Tel: 01793 535713)
19 Apr- Irish Centre, Leeds (Tel: 01132 480887)
20 Apr- Roadhouse, Birmingham (Tel: 01212 462273)
26 Apr- The Railway Venue, Bolton (Tel: 01204 306450)
03 May- Rock City, Nottingham (Tel: 08454 134444)
10 May- Venue Tbc, Edinburgh
11 May- The Ferry, Glasgow (Tel: 01698 360085)
24 May- The Tropic, Ruislip (Tel: 02087 072256)
01 Jun- The Office, South Shields (Tel: 01914 556083)
12 Jul- Festival Appearance
27 Jul- The Venue, Birdwell, Barnsley (Tel: 01226 742377)
03 Aug- Festival Appearance (Tbc More Details To Follow)
16 Aug- Robin 2, Wolverhampton (Tel: 01902 401211)
17 Aug- The Duchess, York (Tel: 08444 771000)
18 Aug- Rock The Lakes Festival (More Details To Follow)
25 Aug- Yardbirds, Grimsby (Tel: 07771 520 374)
30 Aug- Festival Appearance
28 Sep- Cox's Yard, Stratford Upon Avon (Tel: 01789 404600)
19 Oct- The Diamond, Sutton In Ashfield (Tel: 01623 456617)
02 Nov- The Railway Venue, Bolton (Tel: 01204 306450)
23 Nov- Roadhouse, Birmingham (Tel: 01212 462273)
28 Dec- The Venue, Birdwell, Barnsley (Tel: 01226 742377)
More info at www.aforeignersjourney.com.

NORWEGIAN MELODIC METAL-OUTFIT NERGARD:
Norwegian Melodic Metal-outfit Nergard are releasing the first singel and musicvideo from the upcoming Metal Opera MEMORIAL FOR A WISH entited "A Question of God" on December 3. "A Question of God" was written by Andreas Nergrd and the british legendary AOR-singer Tony Mills (TNT, ex Shy). The musicvideo for this song marks the highlight of their collaboration so far and was filmed in April 2012 with director Sondre Sivertsen.
This is the first taste of Andreas Nergrd's epic Metal Opera which will be released during the spring of 2013, an album featuring an impressive line-up of well-known names:
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray) - Vocal
ge Sten Nilsen (Wig Wam) - Vocal
Tony Mills (Tnt, Shy) - Vocal
Mike Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness) - Vocal
Gran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) - Vocal
Nils K. Rue (Pagans Mind) - Vocal
Helge Engelke (Fair Warning) - Guitar
David Reece (Bangaloir Choir, Accept) - Vocal
Michele Luppi (Secrets Sphere, Michele Luppi Band) - Vocal
Andi Kravljaca (Silent Call, Seventh Wonder) - Vocal

Nergard recieved wide attention after the release of the three-track EP entitled "The Beginning" in June 2011 featuring Ralf Scheepers, Tony Mills and Mike Vescera and now the expectations are high before the release of the debut album.
Album trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em5pNgOXo4o / www.facebook.com/memorialforawish.

RAVEN LORD HAVE SIGNED A TWO-ALBUM DEAL WITH MAUSOLEUM RECORDS:
Multinational metallers Raven Lord have signed a two-album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group's debut album, "Descent to the Underworld", is scheduled for a release January 25, 2013 in Europe and February 12, 2013 in North America. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. The rebel, 02. Attila the Hun, 03. Let the show go on, 04. Seal of the cross, 05. Settle the score, 06. Promised Land, 07. Black Friar, 08. World out of steel, 09. Revelation, 10. Metal Knights, 11. Sun God.
The brand new song "Black Friar", can be streamed: soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/raven-lord-black-friar.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

STEVE LUKATHER'S NEW TRANSITION:
Mascot Label Group will release the highly anticipated seventh solo album Transition by guitarist, vocalist, composer/producer/arranger, Steve Lukather, on Monday 21st January 2013.
One of the original founding members of the multi-million selling rock band Toto, Lukather will showcase his innate feel for rock and jazz guitar music, along with his impeccable song writing talents. Transition showcases extraordinary guitar playing performed across some of the most heartfelt songs of Steve's career.
Transition strikes a perfect balance of style, power and imagination as Lukather takes risks and faces challenges in ways most other players can't fathom. Over the previous decade a series of trials including divorce, the death of his mother and business hassles had dampened his joy in music making a passion that drove Lukather to excel since seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan as a seven-year-old growing up in San Fernando Valley. Today the guitar guru is happy, healthy and strongly reconnected to his muse, and the lushly expressive Transition, his second Mascot album, finds him at a creative peak.

"Transition is a turning point for the album and a turning point for me," Lukather explains. "As we were writing the songs, I was thinking about everything I've seen all the people I've lost in my life, the great and the difficult experiences I've had, and how ultimately it was time to get it together and embrace things for what they are. We've only got one life to live so we should make the most of it."

Following the release of the new album, Lukather will embark on an extensive European tour that will take in two UK concerts at London's Islington o2 Academy (March 29) and Bilston's Robin 2 (March 30). Pre-order Transition album and merchandise here - stevelukather.mlgmerch.com.
In addition to his work with Toto, Lukather has played on hundreds of albums with some of the biggest stars and legends in music including Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Alice Cooper, George Benson and Rod Stewart, he even played guitar on Michael Jackson's multi-million selling milestone album 'Thriller'.
Along with several Grammy Awards over the years, in April 2010 Luke received the international Eddy Christiani Award for 33 years of guitar mastership.
The album will be released in three formats including limited deluxe edition CD, jewel case CD, and vinyl.
Track Listing: 1. Judgement Day 2. Creep Motel 3. Once Again 4. Right The Wrong 5. Transition 6. Last Man Standing 7. Do I Stand Alone 8. Rest of the World 9. Smile.
WebLinks: www.stevelukather.net / www.facebook.com/SteveLukather / www.mascotlabelgroup.com.

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ANNOUNCING BON JOVI: BECAUSE WE CAN - THE TOUR:
The best just got bigger. Bringing their signature brand of rock 'n' roll back to the people, Bon Jovi will hit the road in 2013 to fill stadiums and arenas worldwide with Bon Jovi Because We Can The Tour.
Blazing a trail across the globe, the tour will kick off in North America in February, just in time for Valentine's Day, and travel throughout Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia. The band's return to the road in 2013 will cap an incredible run which has secured Bon Jovi's status as the essential live rock band having performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and earning the #1 grossing worldwide tour twice in just three years.
Because We Can The Tour will also debut brand new songs from new album What About Now, due out in Spring 2013, loading even more ammunition into the band's huge arsenal of hits including "Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Who Says You Can't Go Home," "It's My Life," and many more.


EDDIE MONEY PLEADS GUILTY 'INTHESTUDIO' ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF NO CONTROL:
Dallas,TX- Oct 25, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands gets a hilariously candid interview with '70s and '80s rock'n'roller Eddie Money. A native New Yorker, even a New York City cop for a minute, Eddie Money has lived a thousand lives. From his early introduction to Rock'n'Roll which included his band auditioning in a studio on the Rolling Stones tour gear in '65; trying out as singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company after Janis Joplin's death; beating Billy Joel's band in a talent contest; to his near death overdose which left him crippled; to today and his car insurance ad cameo, Eddie Money didn't throw out the book of conventional wisdom, he burned it. Since his three million-seller debut in 1977, Eddie Money has entertained audiences with his songwriting and signature voice on such classics as "Two Tickets to Paradise", "Baby Hold On", "I Wanna be a Rock'n'Roll Star", "Shakin" and "I Think I'm in Love". Eddie shares all the above mentioned stories and more with InTheStudio host Redbeard, including how he was able to get his life and career back on track after that near-fatal overdose.
"I used to be the man with no control, you know what I mean, like, 'who's holdin', where are the babes and what happens after the show?' And I started turning things around. You know, your career gets a lot better when people threaten to fire you!" (laughs)
The full Eddie Money/ InTheStudio program is available to stream online at www.inthestudio.net as part of InTheStudio's Medium Rare series. This program is in two parts and contains music and interviews. Part 1 - www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/eddie-money-no-control/ Part 2 - www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/eddie-money-no-control-pt-2/

MAX CARL ALBUM RE-ISSUED IN EUROPE:
Max Carl is one of the US' most known song-writers who also has been actively playing & singing in various bands including The New Breed Blues Band, various Jazz Rock/ Fusion bands during the 70's together with Tommy Bolin, 38 Special and, most recently, Grand Funk Railroad. Additionally to this, CARL was involved into numerous soundtracks for movies such as 'Police Academy' & 'Short Circuit' and performed as session player for artists such as Elton John, Don Henley, Molly Hatchet, Glenn Frey, Bette Midler & Kenny Loggins.
"The Circle" is CARL's third solo album, the first one released under this name, and originally was issued on vinyl only on MCA Records in 1985. Produced by Peter Hauke (Craaft, Karo, Tony Carey, Supermax), this long play offers all trademarks an 80's AOR lover is looking for: soaring vocals, catchy melodies & hooks, pumping drums, crunchy guitars and a huge amount of sometimes yet bombastic keyboards on stellar tracks such as the uptempo-driven tunes "Radical Prodical", "Night Train Roll" and "A Cold Shot"! The title track "The Circle" was featured on the soundtrack of the American 80's teen movie "Weird Science" directed by legendary John Hughes. Both the single and video clip for this track became hits in the US.
Yesterrock in co-operation with Universal Music Germany now is re-leasing this sought after AOR gem for the first time on CD and with a re-mastered sound.
Line-up: Max Carl (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards); Jimmy Haslip (Bass); Volcker Barber (Synthesizer), Christian Selke & Eddie Taylor (Saxophone); Andreas Becker, Helmut Bibi & Reinhard Besser (Guitar); Eddie Zyne & Otto Fuss (Drums); Tony Carey (Back. Vocals).


SPEAKING TO STONES BACK WITH ELEMENTS:
Back on 16 November 2012 some six years after their self-titled debut, the American progressive metal outfit Speaking To Stones expands their sound and line-up for their new epic release "Elements".
After the release of Speaking to Stones' 2006 self-titled debut, guitarist Tony Vinci began work on a more progressive project that called for a new group of musicians. Speaking to Stones' current line-up includes Andy Engberg (Section A) on vocals, Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Slavior) on drums, Greg Putnam (Jam Pain Society) on bass and stick, and Anthony Brown (Graphite Symphony) on keyboards.
Between 2009 and 2012, this cast of international performers collaborated on the five thematically-linked tracks that make up the band's 2012 release: Elements. The result is a musical narrative that builds on groove metal roots and develops into a soundscape of symphonic complexity and technically prodigious performances.
Elements is a metaphysical journey that explores our relationship to the physical world and our hopes to become part of something more. Musically and lyrically, the album delivers us into the extremes of our experience from the infernal intensity of "Fire" to the ambiguous peace of "Water" to the ethereal tonalities of "Quinta Essentia," Elements creates a new world.
While Elements is certainly a progressive metal album that includes more than its share of searing vocal melodies, adventurous time-signatures, and blistering solos and instrumental interludes, it is much, much more. Each song borrows from different musical traditions (Eastern tonalities, electronic rhythms etc.). When it comes to Speaking to Stones, the song never remains the same, it develops into something surprising without losing the essentials of great song writing: locked-in grooves and haunting melodies.
Tony Vinci comments, "The goal in writing Elements was to craft a type of thematic concept album that doesn't necessarily tell a single story, but inspires a collection of themes and moods that work together to create a diverse but unifying musical and lyrical experience. Also, we wanted to present a truly international cd that blends the best of American progressive with the best of European metal. The way to achieve this was to write the skeletons of the songs and then let each musician transform them with their individual talents and voices. While each song balances itself between each instrument, one could listen to the whole cd while focusing on a different element (guitars, bass, drums, etc.) and hear a brand new cd each time".
The new additions to the band have each brought their own strengths. Andy Engberg voice delivers worlds of vocal dynamics in every octave imaginable along with of deep, intricate harmonies and counterpoints that transform the nature of STS. Mark Zonder is one of the best progressive drummers of all time. Period. His playing breathes life into every one of these songs. Greg Putnam's bass playing on Elements is nothing short of world-changing. There is not a second of this cd that does not bear his mark. Greg's understanding of dynamics, rhythm, and technique adds a richness and depth to the overall STS sound. Finally Anthony Brown changed how STS writes its music. The first cd was written almost exclusively by Tony Vinci; the songs that make up Elements began as collaboration between Tony and Anthony. In addition to Anthony's extraordinary technique on keys and his understanding of tone and sound creation, his abilities as a producer enable him to consistently envision how all of the disparate parts of a song can work together.
Listen to the album sampler: soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/speaking-to-stones-elements.


INTRODUCING SHOWDOWN BOULEVARD:
Press Release / Showdown Boulevard is a brand new dynamic project in the Italian sleaze, rock n' roll scene created by key former members of important past bands such as A-Pon74, Warnipples, Jailhawks. The musicians involved, Andy Pontremoli, Stevie Anders and Manguss, got together in early months of 2012 to create their own sound as they did in their previous bands. Andy and Stevie shared common ground in A-Pon74 in 2011 and some of the tracks already written in that period are now shining with the new energy and vibe that Showdown Boulevard are able to create. The band released its first self-produced CD "Showdown Boulevard" on September 2012.
Band Line-Up: Stevie Anders - Lead & Backing Vocals; Manguss - Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Dobro, Synth, Fx, Backing Vocals; Andy Pontremoli - Acoustic & Bass Guitars, Piano, Mouth Harp, Samples, Backing Vocals. Additional Musicians: CJ & "The ghost of Willy" at Drums.
'The songs here are hymns to the pure street-rock with some romantic openings like on "So Bad" with a sort of Def Leppard mood or in the ending track "Last Night In Paris" where an accordion gives the proper Yves Montand mood and making of it best song of the CD' - Hardsounds.it
Tracklisting: 1: Dawn On Showdown Blvd, 2: Ice Man, 3: Motherfucker Like You, 4: Show No Mercy, 5: So Bad, 6: Life Is A State Of Mind, 7: Hands On The World, 8: Mary Jane, 9: It Will Be Fine, 10: Learn To Fight, 11: Who Dares Wins, 12: Last Night In Paris.
WebLinks: www.showdownboulevard.com.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH DOKKEN AND BONRUD ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 25th October 21:00-23:00 UK time, repeated Saturday 27th October 08:00-10:00 UK time) features exclusive interviews with Dokken and Bonrud and is now available for streaming online at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-dokken-and-bonrud-interviews/
In the first hour, Dokken frontman Don Dokken talks about the band's new album "Broken Bones", and chooses tracks from the new release, along with classic hits and Don's choice of songs from the band's back catalogue.
In part 2, guitarist Paul Bonrud and vocalist Rick Forsgren of melodic Hard Rockers Bonrud discuss the band's new release "Save Tomorrow", and the experience of working with famed producer Keith Olsen (Scorpions, Ozzy, Whitesnake), with 2 songs from the album.
Plus classic tracks and killer new cuts from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neal Schon, Boston, Black Sabbath, Phil Lynott, Heaven and Hell, Sound Storm, and Flash Bastard.

UPDATES:
One new Review added to the site today - the new Tango Down album from Kivel Records. Check it out.

MRX will again be updated Monday.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

BUMBLEFOOT, TONY HARNELL JOIN FORCES, START PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN:
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has joined forces with Tony Harnell former TNT frontman and his unique NY based acoustic/electric band. Since leaving TNT in 2006 Harnell has continued recording both hard rock, metal and acoustic rock albums and has been performing his entertaining acoustic set to sold out crowds around the New York City circuit with his current line up which features guitarist Jason Hagen, Amy Harnell (vocals/percussion) and newest member Cassandra Sotos (TSO, Mark Wood), on 7-string electric violin.
The two met 20 years earlier when Tony was forming a new band after TNT took a break in 1992, and in Jan 2012 Ron and Tony were reunited at the NAMM convention in L.A. where the two started discussing the possibility of working together.
After Ron attended one of Tony's recent performances in August, which Thal proclaimed was "the best acoustic show he had ever seen", Tony, being a fan of Ron's other-worldly and original fretwork asked if he'd like to join him on the project and contribute to his EP which was already underway. Harnell states, "in addition to Ron's superhuman and beautiful guitar playing, he also happens to have a great voice and writes amazing songs which will greatly add to this project both live and in the studio." Thal has also been a longtime fan of Harnell's songwriting and vocal artistry, so the new coalition seems more than natural.
The group is also announcing the launch of a Pledge Music campaign, which allows the fans to contribute to and watch the making of the EP. A portion of the proceeds from the campaign will go to Breast Cancer Research. With the new lineup and EP on the way, the group will tour nationally and internationally as a foursome featuring Harnell, Thal, Harnell (Amy) and Sotos under the name, Tony Harnell and the Wildflowers featuring Bumblefoot. Hagen will remain an integral part of songwriting and recording and will be appearing with the group for local performances. Harnell also states, "Ron's live appearances with this project will be subject to his schedule with GNR but he'll be with us for the live shows whenever possible."
The project already has shows booked in Vegas and Europe as well as the prestigious, soon to be re-opened Cutting Room in NYC which has relocated and is being touted as one of the coolest new venues in the city.
Harnell and Thal have also been discussing other plans for a full electric band and have already started to reach out to some well-known musicians to join them. "That'll manifest after the acoustic EP which is due out in early 2013."
To be a part of this amazing project go to: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/tonyharnell.


ROYAL HUNT 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL:
Royal Hunt 20th Anniversary Special Edition 'Best Of' DigiPack track list:
CD 1: Flight - Kingdom Dark Stranded - Clown In The Mirror - Wasted Time Epilogue Time - - Far Away 1348 - River Of Pain - Tearing Down The World - Message To God.
CD 2: Cold City Lights - Follow Me Surrender - The Mission - Can't Let Go - Paper Blood - Season's Change - The First Rock - Tears Of The Sun - The Well Shadowman - Hard Rain's Coming - Half Past Loneliness.
CD 3: Save Me (new song) - One By One (unplugged) - Bodyguard (unplugged) - Restless (unplugged) - Bad Luck - Double Conversion - U-turn - Sixth Sense - Day Is Dawning.
DVD: Land Of Broken Hearts - Day In Day Out - Clown In The Mirror - Far Away - Last Goodbye - Stay Down - River Of Pain - Tearing Down The World - Martial Arts - Third Stage - Wasted Time - Message To God.


Release dates: Frontiers Records: Europe 23 November 2012, USA - 22 January 2013; Marquee/Avalon: Japan/SE Asia 21 November 2012.


HARTMANN VIDEO SPECIAL COMING:
Please find below, a link to the trailer for the Hartmann special on iM1 to be aired on Friday, October 26 and Tuesday, 30 at 23.00 CET each with Oliver talking about Hartmann, Avantasia, Rock Meets Classic and the upcoming tours: www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4704277807342.
Besides an acoustic session and many interesting clips this special also contains the debut of the new Hartmann video clip for After the love is gone. The clip will also be online on YouTube from Friday 26th at midnight at this URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKYdPNtS2VM and the stream of the special can be found around the same time on www.iM1.tv/rocks - So don't miss it!
Broadcasting information (satellite TV, cable TV etc) for the special can be found here: www.im1.tv/tv/broadcasting.

Here comes the complete, updated tour dates list of Hartmann again. These will be the first shows to feature new drummer Markus Kullmann (Voodoo Circle, Dezperadoz) in the line-up:
Hartmann
13.11. D-Augsburg, Spectrum (+ support t.b.a.)
15.11. D-Kln, Underground (+ support: Mercury Tide)

Hartmann & Jaded Heart (double headliner tour) -- Presented by Guitar, Rocks & Rock It! --
28.11. CH-Pratteln, Z7 Galerie
29.11. D-Bochum, Zeche
30.11. D-Aschaffenburg, Colossaal
01.12. D-Hamburg, Headcrash
02.12. D-Berlin, K17
WebLinks: www.oliverhartmann.com / www.facebook.com/HartmannBand (new link!). Hartmann's current album Balance is now available on the Avenue Of Allies label.

SOULSPELL: NEW TRACK POSTED ONLINE:
The Brazilian power metal opera project Soulspell have uploaded the track "To Crawl Or To Fly" on YouTube. The track features guest appearances by Amanda Somerville [Trillium, Avantasia] and Matt Smith [Theocracy]. "To Crawl Or To Fly" comes off the brand new Soulspell album "Hollow's Gathering" that was released on October 12th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings: youtu.be/7CnbJSiJMRg.
"Hollow's Gathering" feat. guest appearances by Tim "Ripper" Owens [ex. Judas Priest, Iced Earth], Blaze Bayley [ex. Iron Maiden], Michael Vescera [Obsession, ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen], Amanda Somerville [Trillium, Avantasia], Markus Grosskopf [Helloween] and many more. The album was mixed by Matt Smith [Theocracy] and mastered by Miro at The Gate Studio [Avantasia, Kamelot, Rhapsody]. Artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth].
Soulspell online: www.soulspell.com / www.facebook.com/soulspellmetalopera.


GUITARIST CHRIS BICKLEY PLAYS ON NEW CHRISTMAS CD INTUITION-A SEASON TO ROCK:
Fresh off his critically acclaimed solo CD Tapestry Of Souls (Shredguy Records), guitarist Chris Bickley joins up with Intuition to create the Christmas CD A Season To Rock. Intuition is a band formed by an international collection of musicians who spent the last year writing, arranging, and recording a new concept Christmas CD. The idea was to put together a collection of well-known Christmas tunes without simply re-recording the original. In this project the band reworked the songs with extended intros, solo sections, and interesting arrangements, while trying to maintain a heavy rock style.
Two members of "Ironhorse", a Southern-Metal style band created by Ron Keel in 2000, Gaetano Nicolosi and Mike Bidwell began the endeavor over a year ago. Enlisting the help of Italian bass prodigy Dino Fiorenza, Italian Keyboardist Luccio Nicolosi, and back to the states for guitar work from Chris Bickley. The result is a fresh, hard hitting, yet very melodic collection of your Christmas favorites. CD's can be ordered through cdbaby.com, www.shredguyrecords.bigcartel.com or directly from Intuition.

Intuition: Gaetano Nicolosi - Drums and Percussion; Dino Fiorenza - Bass; Mike Bidwell - Lead and Rhythm Guitar; Chris Bickley - Lead Guitar; Luccio Nicolosi Keyboards. Be sure to check www.facebook.com/intuition2012 for more info.
Preview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqobwybNizE.


KHAOS DEBUT EP OUT OCTOBER 29:
Khas is a project on a global scale, involving two continents, America and Europe and going possibly beyond. Their members have never actually played together in the same room. This came together thanks to the internet. It was an idea they wanted to put to the test. Produced by Rolf Munkes at his Empire Studios in Germany, five songs with an unmistakable rocking vibe have arisen from the creative collaboration between Chandler Mogel (vocals, Outloud), Mark Rossi (guitars, Tribal), N I c Angileri (bass, Jorn) and Trevor Franklin (drums, Elis). The debut EP "Khas Rising" will be digitally released on iTunes and other digital markets on October 29th, 2012 and is conceived as warm-up for a full length album.
The launch video clip can be viewed by clicking here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4NE4SV4SHs&feature=plcp.
This EP is taster of a bigger common work, a visiting card to awaken the interest of rock aficionados, a unique opportunity for labels to release a genuine product with international format and for the band to spread their music and extend their fan base world wide. 2013 will be the year of...Khas!


DIO CANCER FUND HALLOWEEN 'SPOOKATALUR' AWARDS GALA FUND-RAISER AT AVALON IN HOLLYWOOD:
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund's second Awards Gala, set for Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, will include a live performance by Dio Disciples, comprising former members of the band Dio, with a number of prominent rock musicians joining them on stage for an all-star jam. Among the rockers planning to join the celebrity jam session are Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Billy Morrison, Glenn Hughes, Frankie Banali, Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Michael Sweet and Oz Fox from Stryper, David 'Rock' Feinstein, cousin of the late singer Ronnie James Dio in whose memory the Fund was created, and members of Buckcherry.
In addition, Terry 'Geezer' Butler, Eddie Money, Glenn Hughes, Frankie Banali, Stephen Pearcy, Joey Beladonna and David 'Rock' Feinstein are among the performers who are scheduled to present awards to the fund's distinguished honorees. This year's honorees, who will receive awards named after Ronnie James Dio songs, are: Neil Warnock, Founder and CEO of The Agency Group worldwide; Stanley J. Diamond, partner, Diamond & Wilson, and member of the Board of Directors of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund; Charlie Hernandez, President of QED Productions and veteran production manager; Bob Chiappardi, Founder and CEO of Concrete Marketing; Alex Hodges, CEO, Nederlander Concerts; Dr. Raul Mena, Director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center in Burbank; and Tony Iommi, legendary guitarist and co-founding member of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell and recent cancer survivor. Iommi has donated a one-of-kind Gibson Iommi SG prototype guitara priceless left-handed development model made for Tony personally to the event's silent auction, and he will autograph it and pose for a photograph with the new owner.
Currently out on tour, the new line-up of Dio Disciples comprises Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals), Oni Logan (vocals), Craig Goldy (guitar), Bjorn Englen (bass), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Simon Wright (drums). The weirdly wonderful performance troupe Cirque Berzerk will also perform at the Gala, and Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show' will serve as Special Guest emcee.
In addition to the evening's entertainment, the Halloween Spooktacular will include gourmet food stations and a hosted bar as well as a silent auction, live auction and Halloween costume contest.
A privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised more than $500,000 in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, according to Wendy Dio, widow of the late singer and Fund President/Founder.
The Avalon is located at 1735 North Vine Street in Hollywood. General admission tickets start at $200 with special VIP ticket packages that include reserved seating and admission to the after hours Bardot Club are also available. For information regarding the Fund as well as tickets and sponsorships for the Gala, visit: www.diocancerfund.org.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

TEN - GUNRUNNING (OFFICIAL VIDEOCLIP):
Ten - Gunrunning (Official Videoclip). Taken from the album Heresy & Creed out on Frontiers Records - OUT NOW! For more info: www.frontiers.it / www.frontiers.it/us.


BCC's AFTERGLOW OUT NEXT WEEK:
Black Country Communion will release their highly anticipated 3rd album Afterglow on Monday October 29 through Mascot Records. BCC is an Anglo/American rock band featuring Jason Bonham (drums), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards). Their previous two albums (2010's eponymous debut and 2011's "2") have both gone straight in at #1 on the Official UK Rock Album Chart.
Already being hailed as Black Country Communion's best album to date, Classic Rock magazine says - "Afterglow is easily the most cohesive and exciting album from the band," while Metal Hammer magazine says - "One listen to songs and you'll be drawn in... repeated spins will lead to addiction."

PAPA ROACH TO PERFORM TODAY ON YOUTUBE PRESENTS:
Multi-platinum alternative rock band Papa Roach is set to perform today via live stream on YouTube Presents. The band will play five songs and take questions from fans, who will be able to tune in at www.youtube.com/presents at 5PM EST. This will mark Papa Roach's first performance since singer Jacoby Shaddix's vocal surgery in August, which forced the band to cancel their main stage slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. This is also the last US performance for the band in 2012.
Last week, Papa Roach released their new album, The Connection (Eleven Seven Music). The first single, Still Swingin, is currently top 5 at active rock and is climbing the alternative charts. The video has surpassed one million views thus far: youtu.be/mvSvEeD8CVQ.
Known for their electrifying and explosive live shows, Papa Roach have become the common denominator for some of the most successful rock tours in recent years and have critics worldwide hailing them as "the best live band." With their feet firmly planted in over 10 years of multi-format success, Papa Roach's Time For Annihilation...On the Record and On the Road (Eleven Seven Music, August 2010) debuted as the #1 Independent Rock, #23 Top 200, #4 Hard Rock and #5 Alternative Album on Billboard's charts. The album's singles, "Kick in the Teeth" and "Burn" both remained in the Top 5 at the active rock radio format for over 8 weeks straight, joining 8 additional Top10 hits throughout the band's career with songs such as "Last Resort" and "Scars."
WebLinks: www.paparoach.com / www.facebook.com/paparoach / www.myspace.com/paparoach / www.youtube.com/user/ElTonalRecords.

PETER GABRIEL TALKS TO 'INTHESTUDIO' AND TAKES A SLEDGEHAMMER TO HIS 1986 SMASH ALBUM SO:
Dallas, TX - Oct 23, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands hosts Peter Gabriel's expanded deluxe edition of his mid-80s classic album So. For the decade prior to So, ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had developed a cult following culminating with his groundbreaking "Shock the Monkey" song and video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK sales, #2 U.S., over 5 million sold; 4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit "Sledgehammer"), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening, barrier-eliminating amenities. Like certain other entertainers who had reached elite status in the fame game, Gabriel chose to use his newly-found powers for good through several international human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Peter's own World Music charity WOMAD, and a death row/capital punishment project.
In one of the most personal, powerful, thought- provoking interviews ever in the history of the InTheStudio rockumentary series, Peter Gabriel reveals candidly why he agrees to support many international causes. "I think I'm still basically a musician doing the things I love to do, and I don't think I really set out with a great platform on the human rights front. When you start meeting people, talking to people, and getting some one on one requests, it's just very difficult to walk away from."
Peter Gabriel 'So' - InTheStudio program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/peter-gabriel.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FRONTIERS RECORDS - ARTIST NEWS AND UPDATES:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Australian band De La Cruz for the release of their forthcoming debut album which will be entitled Street Level. Described by Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine: "like a Pomptastic, Hyper-active Leppard!", DE LA CRUZ debuted with a self-financed 6 songs EP which caused a stir in the Hard Rock scene Worldwide.
Founded in 2011 after Gold Coast guitarist Casey Jones met with Auckland-born singer Roxxi Catalano, the guys immediately had the vision to start an 80s style rock band. Casey knew the best musicians to complete their lineup, Lacey Lane on drums, Grant Daniell on bass and the second guitarist Rory Joy.
De La Cruz came to the attention of Frontiers Records in the winter of 2012 and they finally decided to join forces. Frontiers will release the band's first full length album entitled "Street Level" in early 2013. In the meanwhile all fans of classic Leppard, Skid Row, Kiss and Motley Crue should immediately check out the new album teaser following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHvG3-UkCAA&feature=plcp.
Get ready for one of the most exciting new sensations for the new year! Don't forget to "like" their Facebook Page. Check them out at: www.facebook.com/delacruzaustralia.


Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson has started working for a new solo album - under the working title of Free Fall. Karlsson, best known as guitar player for Primal Fear and Last Tribe and producer and composer for the popular studio project Allen / Lande and Bob Catley's last solo album "Immortal", has been writing songs for the past few months which he decided to use for a personal a own project which he has been considering for some time now.
Karlsson has confirmed that some special "friends" agreed to take part to the album and particularly such singers as Tony Harnell, Ralf Scheepers, Mark Boals and Russell Allen. More guests will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Musically speaking all fans of Karlsson work with Last Tribe, Starbreaker's first album and Allen Lande will enjoy the new musical creation from the "Swede".


German melodic rock legend Pink Cream 69 are in the studio to mix the songs which will end up on the new album that will follow the release of the band's 10th album In10sity. The title will be Ceremonial and some of the songs working titles include "Big Machine", "Passage of time", "I Came To Rock" and "Special". Musically the fans can expect a classic PC 69-album from the David Readman-era (beginning with "Electrified"). The band will embark on a full scale tour after the release of the album which is planned for early 2013. Stay tuned for more news!

The Danish Melodic Metallers Pretty Maids are hard at work in the studio to give birth to the successor of Pandemonium. The title of the new album will be Motherland and the band has not changed the winning production team which worked on the previous record with Jacob Hansen at the production helm. Some of the song titles in the works are "Mother of All Lies", "I See Ghosts", "The Iceman", "Why So Serious", To Fool a Nation" and the title track. The fans can expect the usual dose of heavy guitar riffs and superb hooklines in the finest tradition of the band musical style. Release date is expected in the spring of 2013.


NEAL SCHON CONTINUES ON HIS JOURNEY WITH THE RELEASE OF "THE CALLING":
Iconic rock guitarist Neal Schon has a lot to celebrate! Schon's highly-acclaimed new solo album The Calling hits streets worldwide today via Frontiers Records. The video for the title track just premiered on CBS' The Insider and can be viewed here. Neal once again teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: Live In Manila) to co-produce the video. Filmed entirely in San Francisco and Marin County, "The Calling" video also features Schon's fiance, Michaele Salahi (the couple just became engaged when Schon popped the question on stage during a Journey concert). The video can be purchased at iTunes, while the full album can be purchased at iTunes and Amazon.
The Calling has been receiving rave reviews from the international media, with the US' Guitar Player declaring, "It's a thrilling, edgy, ballsy, inspiring, and beautiful work that sounds as purposely constructed as a symphony piece. Less-blessed composers and guitarists can now take a moment to cry" and the UK's Classic Rock proclaiming, "a musical masterclass." The Calling is produced by, and features, Neal Schon on all guitars and bass, and reunites Schon with former Journey bandmate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album. In addition, Grammy Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra,) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks - "Fifty Six (56)" and "Tumbleweeds" and Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who has previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout the album. Recorded at Berkeley's famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey's busy touring schedule, Neal completed the album from start to finish in just four days.
Neal Schon has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its latest incarnation. In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
For more information please visit: www.schonmusic.com.


TALKING NEWS - TOM KEIFFER & MICK JONES:
10 years in the making and we can finally check out what it might sound like. Cinderella frontman Tom Keiffer has revealed audio previews for 2 songs off his upcoming solo album - due early 2013. The songs Solid Ground and The Flower Song can be heard right now at: www.tomkeifer.com/music.

After a long silence following Foreigner mainman Mick Jones' disappearance from stages across USA on the band's recent tour, it has been revealed the guitarist suffered a heart attack and needed time to recuperate. www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/foreigner-mainman-mick-jones-emotion-comeback/

THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF RUSH:
Purplee Pyramid Records (a division of Cleopatra Records) will release The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush on November 13. Nearly sixty musicians and thirty vocalists transform nine of Rush's greatest hits into even more intricate, soaring orchestral works. The RPO covers the best-known classics, from "Working Man," the self-titled debut album track that launched Rush's career in the U.S. to "Subdivisions" from Signals, the album that proved electronic rock could reside in the top ten. The band's most successful record, Moving Pictures, is represented by rousing versions of "Tom Sawyer" and "Red Barchetta."
The Canadian trio known as Rush has been recording and touring for more than forty years. Rush has earned 24 gold and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. They are third (behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones) for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band, and have sold more than 40 million units worldwide. Rush has won many Juno Awards and was a 1994 inductee to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are consistently acknowledged as some of the most proficient musicians in music today.
The RPO, formed in 1946 and based in London, has been called "The Nation's Favourite Orchestra." It has had internationally known maestros like Andre Previn and Louis Clark, and has toured the world. The RPO is a best-selling and adventurous recording entity as well. In 1969, it recorded a concerto for Deep Purple, composed by the band's organist Jon Lord. It earned a top ten U.S. single in 1982 with "Hooked on Classics." Over the years, RPO has orchestrally arranged Pink Floyd, Oasis, Queen, R.E.M., Madonna, and Abba.
Special guest guitarists include Steve Rothery of Marillion on "Working Man" and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden on "Red Barchetta." The Windrush Choir provides backing vocals and solos.
The Orchestra was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by BAFTA Award-winning musician and composer Richard Harvey. Harvey performed with the prog rock group Gryphon and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (specializing in mediaeval and Renaissance periods), worked with many folk and rock musicians such as Richard and Linda Thompson, Kate Bush, and Sweet. He has toured and recorded with John Williams, and has performed and composed film/TV soundtracks for more than thirty years. The album was produced by James Graydon and Richard Cottle, who also arranged all the music.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush Track List: 1. 2112 Overture 2. The Spirit of Radio 3. Tom Sawyer 4. Red Barchetta 5. Subdivisions 6. Fly By Night 7. Closer to the Heart 8. Limelight 9. Working Man.
Streaming MP3: "2112 Overture" soundcloud.com/brosseaupr/2112-overture-royal/s-bCx7H.
In stores and online retailers on November 13. MSRP for the CD is $14.98, and 12" vinyl is $18.98.


SCOTTY DUNBAR'S STATION FIRE TRIBUTE SONG:
Memories Never Fade is the 2nd single to be released by Down Boys Recording artist Scotty Dunbar from his EP In A Mellow Mood The song Memories Never Fade is a song Scotty wrote in tribute to his friends Derek Gray & Eugene Avilez that went with Scotty to see Great White @ The Station Night Club on 2/20/03 in West Warwick, RI. Derek & Gino both passed away in the horrific fire.
Dunbar survived & wrote this song in their honor. Download your copy of "Memories Never Fade" on either Amazon or iTunes. The song features a lead guitar solo from Michael Sweet of Stryper.
You can purchase the track here at Amazon below: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008670ADG/ref=dm_dp_trk2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350668693&sr=1-1 / Memories Never Fade You Tube Link: youtu.be/3KthpTZGpak.

BEN GRANFELT'S RETURN AS A SOLO ARTIST:
Los Bastardos Finlandeses's lead guitarist Ben Granfelt is releasing his 11th solo album Melodic Relief November 2. The album contains 10 instrumental tracks ranging from driving rock (Revenge of El Gringo), haunting guitar ballads (GMT and Still Waiting) to almost prog rock and fusion (New 7 and Because we still can). "Melodies and songs come before solos, but good songs sometimes deserve long solos too", says Ben.
Ben asked some of his international guitarist friends to add their touch to 3 of the songs: Thomas Blug (Strat King of Europe 2004, GER) plays on the titel track Melodic Relief and the Jeff Becky GTR Tech. Andy Powell & Muddy Manninen from Wishbone Ash (UK) add the twin guitar attack to New 7. Finland has always had a lot of musicians who are highly appreciated abroad and Ben is definitely one of them. Besides playing in bands such as Gringos Locos, Leningrad Cowboys, Guitar Slingers, Wishbone Ash and now Los Bastardos Finlandeses, he has built up a solid solo career on the side.
Ben has 10 solo CDs and over 20 other CDs in his catalog to prove it. It's been 3 years since his last solo release and with Melodic Relief he makes a strong comeback. The musicians playing on the album are all of the Finnish elite in rock. Twist Twist Erkinharju - drums (Los Bastardos Finlandeeses, Peer Gnt); Miri Miettinen - drums (BGB , Erja Lyytinen Band); Lauri Porra - bass (Stratovarius); Ako Kiiski - bass (Guitar Slingers).
These players, combined with Bens guitar skills and song writing, surely guarantees a treat for everyone who's a fan of good instrumental guitar rock. Ben will hit the road in Finland and the UK with his live band in November. Check out www.bengranfelt.com for more information about the album and other news.
YouTube Preview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tLvfUWB3MU.

THE BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD OF PODCASTS:
'If Beavis & Butt-Head had a music podcast, this would be it.' Welcome to episode 23 of the podcast Dropping The Needle, October 22, 2012. In this episode we put on our Kiss geek hats and we talk 'Monster'. In this episode Michael Brandvold and Mitch Lafon geek out on KISS and talk about the new KISS album 'Monster'. Not so much a song by song review of the album, but a discussion of our feelings. Do we like that album? Yes, but listen for some great discussion. You can watch a video of the entire podcast at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1CwMbgEpWs
Or you can listen online at: michaelbrandvold.com/blog/2012/10/we-put-on-our-kiss-geek-hats-and-talk-monster-on-dropping-the-needle/
Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon from PureGrainAudio.com.
Follow Dropping the Needle on Facebook. - www.Facebook.com/DroppingTheNeedle
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Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael's skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com's multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Dream Theater, Little Caesar, Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crue, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.
Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the '90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, PureGrainAudio.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview).

JOE BONAMASSA GOES FOR ANOTHER RECORD:
Joe Bonamassa, the world's premiere guitarist, will perform four exclusive London concerts during March 2013. Each concert will be specially filmed for DVD and will feature never-before performed live tracks. The four London concerts will chronicle Joe's atmospheric rise from the intimate club atmosphere of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The live in-concert DVDs will be released during fall 2013.
Hailed as The Guitar Event of the Year, Bonamassa will pay homage to the historic London venues he's played by going back to his ten studio albums to perform songs for the very first time. The four London 2013 concerts will individually showcase a unique band configuration that will highlight diverse elements of Joe's style. Each performance will be distinctive with different set lists. Collectively, there will be upwards of eighty new and old songs performed over the four nights that even the most die-hard Bonamassa fan will experience for the first time.
The London run will start at the intimate 200-capacity London Borderline on Tuesday March 26. Bonamassa will then play the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire and HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday March 27 and Thursday March 28 respectively, before finishing the week at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday March 30.
The Royal Albert Hall and Shepherds Bush concerts are currently sold out. Tickets are still available for the Hammersmith Apollo, as well as VIP tickets for the exclusive Borderline concert that also includes the best seats in the house for the remaining three concerts including the Royal Albert Hall, Shepherds Bush and the Hammersmith Apollo. For further information about the VIP tickets, visit www.thegigcartel.com/joevip/.
"London is like my second home," says Bonamassa. "I want to give the fans attending the London concerts a real treat a thank you for their unwavering support. Over the years I've received requests for tracks we've never performed live. Now, it feels right that we delve into the back catalogue and dedicate London fans with unique versions of tracks they've never experienced live."
Download your free copy of the song When The Fire Hits The Sea from jbonamassa.com/london.


Monday, October 22, 2012

UK ROCK BAND VEGA RELEASE THE SINGLE "WHITE KNUCKLE RIDE":
UK rock band Vega release the single white knuckle ride from their highly anticipated 2nd album what the hell! on October 24th through iTunes. The single and album is being released by Universal/Ninetone/Spinefarm.
The guys filmed the video for the single on the runway at Elvington Airfield which was the scene of the infamous accident of Top Gear's Richard Hammond. The guys strutted and posed throughout the day on the two mile long runway and in true rock fashion had the music turned up to 12 (12 is the new 11). Check the video out below or via: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpsqVzqEH58.


To support the release of the single the guys are hitting the road in the UK. You can catch them at:
Nov 2nd York (Fibbers)
Nov 3rd Nottingham (Rock City)
Nov 4th London (Borderline)
Dec 15th London (Underworld, supporting The Treatment)

Classic Rock: "Melodic rock kings in waiting"
Melodicrock.com: "One of the best debuts of 2010 and of the last few years"
Rock Report: "This album is truly melodic rock master piece"
Malcolm Dome: "Vega are a British melodic hard rock band who stand apart from most in this vein, because not only do they write melodic songs, but they've a significant depth. Debut album Kiss Of Life shows enough talent and cohesion to suggest a big future awaits."

The guys hit the road in support of the album and the rave reviews for the live show started arriving:
Classic Rock: "Vega won over the crowd with anthems punchier than a Croydon hen party after a crate of Bacardi Breezers"
Fireworks: "I was transfixed by the quality of what I was hearing and seeing."
Powerplay: "10/10 the band of the weekend"

In 2011 Vega decided to go in search of a record company that shared their passion for trying to inject something new in to the rock genre, whilst still maintaining the 80's/90's roots that influenced them in the first place. After a long search Vega finally secured a worldwide deal with Universal Records/Ninetone/Spinefarm who will release their 2nd album in January 2013. The album will be released in the USA by Spektra Records. Singer Nick Workman says "We wanted to write an album where every song could have been a single, so we have been spending a lot of time fine tuning the songs. We pretty much demoed each song twice before we were satisfied". The new album will feature 13 tracks of hook laden "stadium rock songs" that deserve to be play loud enough to piss off your neighbours..."
As rock Journo Dave Ling say's "These guys could have a major role to play in the future."


FREE STUFF #1:
How's this for value for money from the guys of Liberty & Justice? "We really want to thank you guys for all your "love" and to show ya we are giving our 2007 CD Independence Day away for FREE!!!!! Tips are appreciated but not required! Check out: www.facebook.com/libertynjusticerocks.
The track listing is as follows: 01. Doubting Thomas (John Corabi) 02. Monkey Dance (Jack Russell) 03. Soldier (Kelly Keagy & Mark Slaughter) 04. My Sacrifice (Shawn Pelata) 05. Phoenix (Pete Loran) 06. Independence Day (Kelly Keeling) 07. Meet My Monster (Tony Mills) 08. Praying For A Miracle (Ted Poley) 09. Fade (Jamie Rowe) 10. Bullet, Train, Breakdown (Jaime St. James) 11. Addiction (Jani Lane) 12. Wake The Dead (Ez Gomer & Tony Carey) 13. Snake Eat Snake (David Raymond Reeves) 14. A Little Bit Of Love (Mark Hovland & Shannon Hovland).


FREE STUFF #2:
And freebee number 2! This from Little Caesar: "As a thank you to all of their fans and supporters of their latest release, American Dream, Little Caesar is now offering a special download via NoiseTrade. Knuckle Sandwich is a compilation of some of their best songs spanning their entire career, including a no longer available live track, Ballad Of Johnny. This download is completely free - just provide an email address and the files will be sent directly to you. You can download the EP at: noisetrade.com/littlecaesar.
Tracks: 01 American Dream 02 Rock-N-Roll State Of Mind 03 Drive It Home 04 Supersonic 05 Pray For Me 06 Ballad Of Johnny Live.
If you haven't seen their compelling video for the title track off their new album yet, check it out here www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHPZWYCbX9c.
You can catch them live Saturday, December 2 at the Hard Rock Hell Festival VI in the UK www.hardrockhell.com / You can follow Little Caesar on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LittleCaesarOfficial.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Black Robot is a hard rock band featuring former Buckcherry bassist Jonathan "JB" Brightman, guitarist Andy Andersson (also of Fuel) and singer Jeremy Aric. Check them out at: www.blackrobotmusic.com or download a free lead track Circles from the upcoming debut album Woman at: blackrobot.bandcamp.com/track/circles. Facebook page at www.www.facebook.com/blackrobotofficial.

The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Gerry McGhee of Brighton Rock. Gerry sits down with Decibel Geek writing duo, Wally Norton and Rich Dillon before Brighton Rock's sold out show at Toronto's Rockpile. Included in the interview is discussion on forming Brighton Rock, touring, bad business deals, auditioning for the Scream and the future of the band. Direct link to the interview: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/brighton-rock-are-back-to-unleash-rage.html.

New John Nymen (Y&T) interview: metalshrineblogg.blogspot.se/2012/10/intervju-med-john-nymann-i-y-nar-jag.html#links.

The long awaited debut album of the French power metal Galderia - The Universality - is closed to be released (29th Nov. 2012). For the first 100 Galderians who will pre order the album, in the shop section (www.metalodic.com/shop.php), will receive for free a download card that includes the album and their first EP (now sold out) Rise, Legions of Free Men in digital format. There is only 100 cards available, so be quick!

Fire Strike (photo), Brazilian heavy metal quintet composed by Aline (vocals), Henry Schuindt / Helywild (guitars / backing vocals), Edivan Diamond (bass) and Jean Praelii (drums) signed to Stryke Management & Promotion that will handle starting this time of press / press relations, hiring shows, etc. Originally formed in 2004 under another name, they have as influences bands like Maiden, Priest, Acid, Blacklace, Accept, Saxon, Warlock, Grim Reaper, among others, and has recorded some demo tapes; currently is finishing recording / production of their first EP untitled and will be initially released independently. Plans for 2013 includes the recording of their first official music video and from their first full album. Contacts for shows / press, etc email strykemanagement@hotmail.com / www.strikemet.com/index.php/management/portuguese/792-fire-strike.html / www.facebook.com/pages/FIRE-STRIKE/179407485474714?fref=ts.


MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with the following new features:
- Def Leppard - The Circus Comes To Town (Live, Sheffield 1993)
- Hall & Oates - Live Jul-04, 1985, Jersey City (BBB Tour)
- Mr. Big - Acoustic In Madrid 1993 (4 Tracks)
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Friday, October 19, 2012

NAT TEAM MEDIA PRESENTS: ADDICTED TO MR. BIG:
Addicted To Mr. Big is a tribute album to the legendary band Mr. Big. From the utmost respect and admiration for this American band, a handful of artists and musicians have been able to develop a successful tracklist.
And is that pay tribute to the music of Mr. Big no easy task and for this Spanish Nat Team Media label is surrounded by some of the best professional musicians in the country ... names like David Palau, Victor Estevez, Carlos Muoz or leave an echo in this beautiful piece that is sure to excite fans of good rock.

Tracklisting: 1. Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (performed By: Gru) 2. Shine (Performed By Junts) 3. To Be With You (Punk Version) (Performed By Malos Tragos) 4. Just Take My Heart (Performed By Susanna Bey Y Carlos Muoz) 5. Colorado Bulldog (Performed By Face The Maybe) 6. Green-Tinted Sixties Mind (Performed By: Malos Tragos) 7. Wild World (Performed By: Litus & Eugeni Moreno) 8. Addicted To That Rush (Performed By: Gru) 9. Lucky This Time (Performed By: Dabeat) 10. To Be With You (Performed By: Litus & Eugeni Moreno) 11. A Little Too Loose (performed by: Victor Estevez).
WebLinks: open.spotify.com/album/5zswa8iGVhzfUxTDufEKQd / itunes.apple.com/es/album/addicted-to-mr.-big/id568298070 / www.natteammedia.com.


'THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOLUME 2' CONQUERS THE CHARTS:
There is an obvious reason why the first volume of 'The Very Beast of Dio' has been certified gold in the U.S. - it features one of hard rock/heavy metal's greatest all-time voices, the late/great Ronnie James Dio. And the recently released 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2' picks up right where its predecessor left off - both musically and popularity wise, as it has made an impression on the charts straight away.
Released on October 9 via Niji Entertainment, the 17-track compilation has debuted at #192 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums, #19 on the Hard Music Charts, #13 on the Hard Music Core Stores Charts, #51 on the Indie Charts, and #75 on the Indie Store Charts. In addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as "Killing the Dragon," "Push," and "Fever Dreams," the compilation also includes several rarities that fans have long requested on a single disc - "Electra" (which previously was only a part of the ultra-rare 'Tournado' box set), "Prisoner of Paradise," and "Metal Will Never Die." Also featured are liner notes from longtime Dio fan and friend, Eddie Trunk.
Supporting the release of 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2' will be a run of U.S. dates from the all-star group, The Official Dio Band, Dio Disciples, from October 20th through November 20th. Comprised of singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio), bassist Bjorn Anglund (Yngwie Malmsteen), keyboardist Scott Warren (Heaven & Hell), and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC), the group will be playing all of the expected solo Dio classics, as well as gems from the Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell eras.
Few metal collections do as masterful a job of balancing the classics that newer fans will recognize, as well as harder-to-find selections that longtime fans have craved for years. And now, all Dio fanatics will get the best of both worlds with 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2.'

Track Listing For 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2': Killing the Dragon, Push, The Eyes, Along Comes A Spider, Better in the Dark, Fever Dreams, Black, Feed My Head, Shivers, Hunter of the Heart (Live), One More for the Road, Lord of the Last Day, Electra (Bonus Track), As Long As It's Not About Love, This is Your Life, Metal Will Never Die (Bonus Track), Prisoner of Paradise (Bonus Track).

Confirmed Dio Disciples Tour Dates:
10/20/2012 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
10/21/2012 San Luis Obispo Slo Brew
10/23/2012 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/24/2012 Portland, OR Hawthorne
10/26/2012 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock on Strip
10/27/2012 Tempe, AZ Club Red
10/28/2012 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
10/30/2012San Diego, CABrick By Brick
10/31/2012 Hollywood, CA The Avalon The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund 2nd Annual Gala
11/04/2012Dallas, TXTrees
11/08/2012 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre's
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI Harpo's
11/13/2012 Portland, ME Asylum
11/15/2012 Sayerville, NJ Starland
11/16/2012Pawtucket, RIThe Met
11/17/2012 Amityville, NJ Revolution
11/18/2012 Poughkeepsie, NYThe Chance
11/20/2012 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
For more information, visit: ronniejamesdio.com / www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio / www.facebook.com/nijientertainmentgroup.

COMING SOON TO A DIGITAL DEVICE AND COMPUTER NEAR YOU: HEAVY METAL TELEVISION:
Heavy Metal Television is finally here. With television, the internet and phone service all now intertwined, we can use the available technology to create an all Heavy Metal T.V. station.
A live television station, streaming worldwide 24 hours a day in hi-def video and hi-fi audio, Heavy Metal Television brings the classic MTV format back to life with favourites such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden as well as newer bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. Newer technologies are emerging everyday ( i.e.., Roku, Hulu, Vimeo, etc.) to more easily and quickly stream video thru your flat screen TV.. The technology is so new, internet television station licenses are not even available ... yet.
The format will simply play conceptual videos presented by talented young V.J.'s with short segments of rock news and interviews sprinkled throughout with Heavy Metal promos of all kinds driving the content. Concerts will be shown Saturday nights. Specialty programing is being developed.
Sponsors will enjoy banner ads, 10-15 second motion graphic commercials (produced by us and approved by the label and management) and specially tailored to our sponsors promotions and giveaways. The sponsors can also use the graphics and content we develop for them for use on their own sites or promos as well. All with any kind of internet connection.
No need for satellite TV anymore. Heavy Metal Television is a new and unique way to break a new band or promote a product to the most dedicated fan base anywhere in music, anywhere in the world: Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans.
On November 15, 2012 be sure to point your browser to www.heavymetaltelevision.com.

ENVISION RADIO NETWORKS' CLASSIC ROCK LIVE CELEBRATES 100TH BROADCAST:
Envision Radio Networks is proud to announce that this week marks the 100th broadcast of Classic Rock Live, the two hour classic rock show featuring recorded live performances and hosted by rock radio legend Pierre Robert (WMMR-FM/Philadelphia). Added to the Envision Rock Network in November of 2010, Classic Rock Live has quickly grown to over 50 affiliates across the United States.
"Assembling and judiciously expanding the most extensive and highest quality library of live rock is so much fun. Every week I look forward to sharing the greatest performances and listening to Pierre's magic touch which puts the listener right in the arena," said Classic Rock Live producer Steve Black. To celebrate this milestone Black has compiled a highlight reel featuring the Best of Classic Rock Live including rare performance audio and incredible stories from host Pierre Robert. Listen to the montage here.
Classic Rock Live is a two hour "concert" radio show that adapts to the way people listen to music today by incorporating ten or more live performances from a variety of artists every hour, featuring rare and exclusive live versions of rock classics from such artists as Tom Petty, Aerosmith, The Who, U2, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Each week, Classic Rock Live includes the latest tour and artist news along with the exclusive "Wish You Were There," segment, which highlights rock and roll dream pairings such as Jimmy Page joining Aerosmith on-stage or Roger Waters joined by Eric Clapton. Rarities are played in the "Unreleased Live" segment and the radio show ends each week with an "Encore," featuring the iconic hits that you'll always find in each band's set list.
Classic Rock Live host Pierre Robert has been the afternoon drive host at heritage Philadelphia area rock station WMMR-FM for nearly 30 years. A consummate radio professional and concert aficionado, Robert has attended more than a thousand shows all over the globe. No one is better suited to bring an audience great classic rock moments and personal experiences from the most renowned tours.
For more information on Classic Rock Live visit www.classicsrocklive.com. Connect with Classic Rock Live on Twitter at www.twitter.com/classicrocklive and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/classicrocklive.

DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST RELEASES COVERS WITH ATTITUDE LIVE ON LOCATION:
The Decibel Geek podcast has released Episode 55 Covers With Attitude for downloading and streaming. In this episode, hosts Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak leave the comfort of the bat cave and venture out into the wilds to record live on location at the Nashville Comic and Horror Festival.
This week Chris and Aaron are joined from the guys at the PWA Show Podcast and together they take turns churning out some very interesting cover tunes.
Included in this episode are cover tunes from Trent Reznor and Kathy O, Johnny Cash, Sebastian Bach, WASP, Nirvana, The White Stripes, RUN DMC and even Garth Brooks.
The Decibel Geek Podcast was launched in June of 2011 by Chris Czynszak, a former rock journalist and webmaster. With co-host Aaron Camaro, the Decibel Geek Podcast is quickly earning a reputation as one of the go-to music commentary podcasts on the internet. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, as well as the official Decibel Geek Podcast website.
Direct Link to Episode: www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/episode-55-covers-with-attitude.html.

THE 26th ANNUAL BRIDGE SCHOOL CONCERT TO BE WEBCAST LIVE SATURDAY, OCT 20:
(Burbank, CA.) - The 2012 Bridge School Concerts will be held this weekend Oct 20th and 21st at The Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, marking the 26th anniversary of this incredible and historic series. For the past quarter of a century, the biggest and brightest names in music have been drawn to these concerts to pledge their support of The Bridge School, a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology.
The Bridge School Concert will be webcast live from the Shoreline Amphitheatre this Saturday only, Oct. 20th and will stream in its entirety on Facebook. A donation to The Bridge School of $5 or greater is asked to gain access to the webcast. In the meantime, click here to view a trailer for the webcast.
The artists set to appear are: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Guns N' Roses, The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, Sarah McLachlan, Foster The People, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang & Gary Clark Jr.
For this event, Facebook PMDs GraphEffect (social strategy and advertising) and HYFN (app development and execution) provided collaborative pro bono services leading to the creation and marketing of a Facebook application to stream the concert live.
This Facebook application providesa landing page forthe worldwide online community to watch and interact with one another. Together, participants both online on Facebook and at the Shoreline will create a unique shared interactive concert community experience.
The streaming of the webcast will be provided by the uStream Broadcast Network, the leader in live and interactive video streaming.
Facebook: www.bridgeschoolbenefit.org.

CD SHOWCASE UPDATED / MRX NOT:
CD Showcase has been updated with 3 new Avenue Of Allies titles due November 2 - Sven Larsson, F.E.A.S.T, Danger Zone and a new Indie release Vision. Check them out now.

MRX - Update coming Monday folks...


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Y&T TO MELT YOUR FACE AGAIN WITH LIVE AT THE MYSTIC - RELEASED IN EUROPE IN NOVEMBER ON FRONTIERS:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of Y&T's latest live album Live at the Mystic on November 23 in Europe.
Following original bassist Phil Kennemore's untimely passing from lung cancer in early 2011, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T. With Brad Lang on bass and vocals, Y&T prove their continued strength with Live at the Mystic, a new double live CD recorded at the legendary Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California, one of the most popular venues that Y&T play every year.
Singer and lead guitarist Dave Meniketti recalls "Like all Mystic Theater shows, this particular weekend was special. Having just returned from a near 2-month tour of Europe and the UK, we were very tight and energized to be playing for our home crowd again".
This 2-CD set includes 22 songs recorded over 2 nights in November of 2011, including many songs never before released on any other live Y&T CD. The amazing heat to the tracks showcases the power of the band as it currently sounds, playing songs from "Facemelter" as well as all the hits and fan favourites. "Songs like Dirty Girl, with its extended solo section of John Nymann and myself tearing into a nearly 3-minute back and forth solo, was especially a great performance" says Meniketti. "Also many of the classic tunes like Black Tiger, Don't Wanna Lose, and Mean Streak were very well played and show some of the best live performances of these songs we've ever recorded. But I also feel strongly about our more mastered performances from our latest Facemelter CD. The energy and much more refined versions of these songs, now that we've really had some time to hone in the vibe of these tunes, make it that much more special of a live recording."
This album screams out to be a classic Y&T CD to have in your collection. Prepare to have your face melted!

"Live at the Mystic" tracklisting includes: CD1: Prelude; On With the Show; Black Tiger; Dirty Girl; Mean Streak; Girl Crazy; Shine On; Blind Patriot; Winds of Change; Straight Thru the Heart; Gonna Go Blind; Surrender; I'm Coming Home / CD2: Hungry for Rock; Don't Wanna Lose; Don't Bring Me Down; Hurricane; I Believe in You; Eyes of a Stranger; Rescue Me; Squeeze; Forever.
Enjoy a special EPK presentation on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joqyd1xYhbk& And listen now to Black Tiger on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio .
WebLinks: www.yandtrocks.com / www.frontiers.it.

Y&T: Dave Meniketti (guitar/lead vocals); John Nymann (guitar/vocals); Mike Vanderhule (drums/vocals); Brad Lang (bass/vocals).

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ONI LOGAN ADDS TO THE LYNCH MOB PUZZLE:
A note to all Lynch Mob "listeners" from vocalist Oni Logan...

"The Lynch Mob is on hiatus, for how long? I don't know. Without getting long winded, truth is I haven't left Lynch Mob, I'm just taking the time in pursuing other projects that I would like to be a part of. I'm sure we'll regroup somewhere down the road.
Other projects...One being The Dio Disciples US tour dates that start on October 20th at the House of Blues in Anaheim CA as a guest vocalist. I had been asked by the band to join them in paying homage to Dio's music and legacy. I have many great memories of Ron, I first met him in 1989 in West Palm Beach Florida, we had spoken for a couple of hours back stage which led to the bar, by the end of the night I told him that I was interested in coming out to California to catch the dream.
His answer was, "well, come to LA then", as easy as that, I couldn't help but chuckle as to how easy he made the journey appear to me but I did, I took his advice, it had been one of the best pieces of advice anyone has ever given me. As fate would have it, we would become family friends in sharing Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas holidays as well as Halloween and new years eve party's together, sort of surreal to think about it now, he always was such a great host and organized the best new years eve party's every year, those were and still are some great memories.
Ron had such a great quality in how he was able to engage with people, no matter who you were he always made you feel like you were the only person in the room, I believe this had been one of the reason why his arms had reached so many people across the globe. It's an honor to have been asked to represent a friend's legacy and music, I truly believe he would have wanted his songs to continue being celebrated in all four corners of the globe through his fans, fellow musicians, friends and family and loyal band members....we'll all keep on singing his songs." ~ Oni Logan.


RELEASE BRIEFS:
A new Yngwie Malmsteen album will be released first up in Japan on December 5. The as yet untitled album will come as a regular SHM-CD or a Deluxe Edition [SHM-CD] [w/DVD, Limited Edition]. This edition includes a bonus DVD with comments on the included songs by Yngwie Malmsteen himself, footage from recording studio, and private shots. Pre-order via CD Japan here: www.cdjapan.co.jp/aff/click.cgi/ZRcokempdVE/514/A867157/detailview.html?KEY=UICN-9008.

Asia's self-titled debut album will be released as a 30th Anniversary Premium Box [2DVD+CDA+LP+T-shirt] [Limited Edition] on November 21. in Japan. Order via: www.cdjapan.co.jp/aff/click.cgi/ZRcokempdVE/514/A867157/detailview.html?KEY=VQBD-10112.

Royal Hunt / The Best Of Royal Works 1992-2012 is a 20th Anniversary Special Edition package out in Japan November 21. It features 3SHM-CD + DVD [Limited Edition]. The description for the release reads: "Greatest hits album from Royal Hunt. This set includes three CDs, a DVD, and a postcard. Also includes two kinds of postcards or backstage pass reprint of 2012 world tour, and bonus item (subject to change). All CD feature the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players). CD 1 & 2 includes tracks selected from their previous albums. CD 3 includes rare tracks. DVD includes performances from their world tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of the band's career. DigiPack. Packaged in a deluxe box. Japanese-edition comes with liner notes by Andre Andersen and Makoto Wada. Order via: www.cdjapan.co.jp/aff/click.cgi/ZRcokempdVE/514/A867157/detailview.html?KEY=MIZP-30003.

The next AC/DC release is to be a live album - Live At River Plate - due out worldwide November.

The new Steve Lukather studio album is titled Transition and will be released January 21, 2013. The album contains 9 tracks (7 vocal, 2 instrumental).


ROGER HODGSON IS BRINGING HIS WORLD WIDE BREAKFAST IN AMERICA TOUR DOWN UNDER:
After being away for two years, Roger Hodgson returns to Australia for a highly anticipated exclusive tour of six shows in March and April 2013! Australians have been asking for Roger's return, and we have been listening! You have Roger back and this time, with his full band! Roger says, "I am very happy to be returning to Australia I felt so welcomed when I was there in 2010. It was a great tour and I am really looking forward to sharing my music with all of you again."
Universally recognized as one of the most gifted composers and songwriters to have ever put pen to paper, Hodgson helped define a generation of progressive rock. Founding Supertramp in 1969, Hodgson's dulcet tones and beautifully crafted lyrics helped his former band sell in excess of 60 million albums, transforming them into a worldwide phenomenon. Although he departed the band in 1983, for many he is still regarded as the spiritual and creative force behind Supertramp.
Join Roger as he and his band perform the timeless classics he wrote and composed such as "The Logical Song," "Breakfast in America," "Give a Little Bit," "Dreamer," "School," "Take the Long Way Home," "It's Raining Again," "Child of Vision," "Even in the Quietest Moments," "Fool's Overture," as well as favorites from his solo albums such as "In Jeopardy," "Only Because of You," and "Lovers in the Wind."

See what the press had to say when Roger last toured Australia in April 2010:
"Roger Hodgson is one of the contemporary pop world's great talents and it's well worth making the effort to see his show, pay homage and be thoroughly entertained by a quality individual. His performance was exemplary. Vocally he seems actually stronger and more assured than when he was a younger man making multimillion selling albums. His guitar playing and keyboard work was superb." ~ Hey Hey My My
"If you were ever a fan of Supertramp then attending a Roger Hodgson concert these days is as good as it gets and it gets good. As the principal songwriter of Supertramp and lead singer of the songs he wrote, Hodgson solo sounds exactly like Supertramp which is a good thing. The Roger Hodgson setlist reads like a history of music." ~ Undercover
Australia! Here are the details for the first three shows of Roger's spring 2013 six city tour of Australia. Mark your calendars and make plans now to join Roger on his return to Australia - this time with his full band! Share the news with your friends and be sure to get your tickets early!
Melbourne 28 March at Palais Theatre
Brisbane 30 March at The Tivoli
Sydney 3 April at State Theatre
Adelaide 5 April at Thebarton Theatre
Perth 7 April at Riverside Theatre
Pre-sale begins at 10:00AM local time 15 October and concludes at 5:00 PM on 17 October. General sale begins 18 October. Link for pre-sale and general sale: www.venuetix.com.au. Additional cities to be announced soon so keep checking back...

NEW ALBUM ENGIMA SLATED FOR RELEASE JANUARY 22:
English progressive-metallers Aeon Zen are back with their latest opus entitled Enigma, which is an ambitiously creative and powerful concept album featuring nine continuous tracks showing the strengths of the band, as well as two bonus tracks. Enigma will be released January 22, 2013 on Nightmare Records. On working with Nightmare Records, Aeon Zen's creator Rich Hinks said, "Nightmare Records is without a doubt one of the strongest labels for progressive music and we're delighted to be working with them. Aeon Zen released our last two albums independently and this is a great step for us."

Aeon Zen are: Rich Hinks - Guitar, Bass, Vocals; Andi Kravljaca - Vocals; Matt Shepherd - Guitar; Shaz - Keyboards; Steve Burton - Drums.
Enigma features guest vocals by: Nate Loosemore (Lost In Thought), Atle Pettersen (Above Symmetry), Jonny Tatum (Eumeria). Produced, mixed & mastered by Rich Hinks.
For More Info Visit: www.aeonzen.com / www.nightmarerecords.com.


DOKKEN ON THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW:
The Classic Metal Show, heard live on Saturdays from 9pm to 3am EST at www.theclassicmetalshow.com, will be hosted this week (October 20) by Dokken vocalist Don Dokken and Dokken guitarist Jon Levin. Dokken and Levin will be telling stories about the road, their career, and the making of their brand new release Broken Bones.
Tune in live Saturday by visiting www.theclassicmetalshow.com, or join the live chatroom at www.chatandkill.com during the show.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH GRAVE DIGGER AND THE OUTLAWS ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 18th October 21:00-23:00 UK time, repeated Saturday 20th October 08:00-10:00 UK time) features two exclusive extended interview features, and is now available for streaming online at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-grave-digger-and-billy-crain-the-outlaws-interviews/
In the first hour, vocalist Chris Boltendahl from Classic Metal masters Grave Digger talks about the band's new album "Clash Of The Gods", and chooses classic tracks from throughout the band's 30 year career! If you like classic Heavy Metal in the vein of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, don't miss this one!
And in part 2, it's an extended Southern Rock Special, as we turn the spotlight on Outlaws guitarist Billy Crain, who selects tracks from his excellent new solo album "Creole Shoes", along with songs from the recent Outlaws album "It's About Pride", a lost classic from the Henry Paul Band, and a hit song Billy co-wrote for Country Rock pioneers Poco.
The show also features classic tracks from Thin Lizzy, Dio and Night Ranger (new live acoustic track).


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

JEFF LYNNE SCORES A HAT-TRICK! THREE LPS IN THE UK TOP TEN :
Man of the moment, Jeff Lynne, celebrates his return with three LPs in the UK top ten! Long Wave Jeff's first solo record in over 20 years has entered the UK Top Ten album chart at No.7 (and the Independent chart at Number 1); ELO's Mr. Blue Sky, has landed in at No.8 (and the Independent Chart Number 2). Both new albums have been released last week on Frontiers Records, while 'All Over The World The Very Best of ELO' holds the No.10 spot for the second week running.
Jeff has been all over the small screen with the UK TV debut of Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary airing as part of BBC Four's Jeff Lynne Night and other appearances including BBC Breakfast.
Jeff will appear on Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show The Tracks Of My Years, Monday October 22. Jeff Lynne and ELO's albums have entered in Europe in the national album charts in the Sweden, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

ISSA PREIMERES NEW VIDEO CLIP:
Issa Can't Stop - the Official Videoclip. Can't Stop is taken from the forthcoming album Can't Stop. Release dates: EU: November 2nd / NA: November 6th. For more info: www.frontiers.it.


SALES BRIEFS:
Rick Springfield looks set to debut at #44 on the Billboard Top 200 with the new album Songs For The End Of The World, with just over 9,200 units sold in USA first week. He beats out The Wallflowers who debut at #46.

Kiss and their new Monster record will debut at #3 with approx 59,718 units sold.

Mumford & Sons made the #1 position with 100,000 units sold and Pink drops from 4 to 6 with a further 37,000 units sold last week.

GEOFF TATE PREMIERES NEW SONG, SINGLES "DARK MONEY" AND "TAKE A BULLET" NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES:
(Los Angeles, CA) - Geoff Tate has teamed up with UltimateClassicRock.com for the exclusive, worldwide premiere of his new track, Take A Bullet. This is the second song to be released from his upcoming solo album, Kings & Thieves, due out on November 6, 2012 on InsideOut Music. Internationally recognized as the acclaimed voice of Queensryche, Geoff Tate is one of the most respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and metal, having sold over 20 million records and earned four Grammy nominations.
The song "Take A Bullet" can be heard on UltimateClassicRock.com, here: ultimateclassicrock.com/geoff-tate-take-a-bullet-song-premiere/
Geoff Tate recently released a lyric video for Dark Money, another new song off the upcoming release, Kings & Thieves. The captivating video for the socially-charged single can be seen here: youtu.be/qIVWKlUvvBU
Both "Dark Money" and "Take A Bullet" are now available on iTunes, and can be purchased here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-money-take-bullet-single/id570366858.
Beginning tomorrow, Geoff Tate will head out on a two-month tour in support of Kings & Thieves, including a two-week Canadian run with metal legend Alice Cooper. More shows are constantly being added, and a list of currently confirmed dates can be seen below. Exclusive pre-order packages for the new album are now available via CM Distro and include a copy of Kings & Thieves, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive t-shirt.

Kings & Thieves Track List: 01. She Slipped Away 02. Take A Bullet 03. In The Dirt 04. Say U Luv It 05. The Way I Roll 06. Tomorrow 07. Evil 08. Dark Money 09. These Glory Days 10. Change 11. Waiting.
WebLinks: www.geofftate.com / www.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
The Miles Schon Band & Miles Of Will made their World Premiere on internet radio this week at 2:07 pm pacific time. Two songs (Time & Place and Wild Ride) were played on unir1.fm internet radio. The DJ Scott Price talked about Miles and the Band and is putting them in the stations rotation for air play. Scott is the DJ from 2 - 4 pm Monday thru Friday. He also has an Indie 500 show on Mondays. unir1radio.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-miles-schon-band-world-premier-on.html

Twintera have just unveiled the artwork for their upcoming debut album, Lines, which is scheduled for release on November 16th on logic(il)logic Records (distributed by Andromeda Dischi). unir1radio.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-miles-schon-band-world-premier-on.html guitarist and singer Tom S. Englund will be a special guest vocalist on the song "Oversight". The tracklist for the album is as follows: 01. 71389 02. By Hand of Justice 03. Where We Land 04. On the Edge of... 05. Oversight 06. Cool 18 07. Run! 08. Burning Heart 09. Waves 10. Killing Your Feelings 11. Bunch of Motherfuckers. www.twintera.com.

DANTE FOX RELEASE LOST MAN'S GROUND AT FIREFEST 2012:
British melodic rock band Dante Fox, fronted by Lead Vocalist Sue Willetts, are set to release the follow up to 2007's "Under The Seven Skies" album, to be entitled Lost Man's Ground. The album will be released exclusively at the bands appearance at Firefest Festival at Rock City Nottingham on October 19.
This much anticipated release sees the band revisit the pure AOR of their debut "Under Suspicion" but with a killer updated production by Mark Stuart and Sheena Shear of M2 Studio's. Voaclist Sue Willetts commented "this is the most mature set of songs that we have ever written and we believe the performances of the musicians is fantastic, Pure AOR packed with lots of harmonies but there is also a big Epic feel about the title track Lost Man's Ground of which is the sister song to the track Under The Seven Skies from our last album"
Joining Sue on this release is Tim Manford - Guitars, Andy Perfect - Drums, Alan Mills - Bass Guitar, Eric Ragno - Keyboards, Alessandro Del Vecchio - Harmony Vocals (Hardline, Edens Curse). Joining the Dante Fox line-up is Pete Lakin on Keyboards.
Lost Man's Ground has been mixed and mastered by Mark Stuart and Sheena Shear at M2 Studios (Magnum) with the excellent artwork from Carl Andre Beckston of Monowasp (www.monowasp.com). It can be ordered at www.amazon.co.uk from 23-10-12.
You can catch Dante Fox at the following live dates.
19th October - Firefest Rock City Nottingham (www.firefestofficial.com)
29th November - Slade Rooms Wolverhampton (with Electric Boys)
30th November - Hard Rock Hell Festival (www.hardrockhell.com)
6th/7th April 2013 - HRH AOR Festival Magna Science Park, Rotherham (www.hrhaor.com)
WebLink: www.dantefox.com.

Audio Samples to download: Who Stole The Innocence / Go Where Your Heart Is / Secrets.


ELECTRIC SISTER RECORDS 'DROP DEAD LEGS' FOR ALL-STAR VAN HALEN TRIBUTE:
Oakland, CA-based heavy rock band Electric Sister has released a streaming version of Drop Dead Legs, the band's contribution to Take Your Whiskey Home: A Millenium Tribute To Van Halen 1978-1984 (Versailles Records, October 2012). Electric Sister's take on one of Van Halen's sexiest songs demonstrates not only a reverence to the source material, but the gritty vocals, driving rhythm, and super-charged guitar work the band has become known for.
Other Van Halen homage-payers on Take Your Whiskey Home include Jeff Scott Soto (Journey), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath / Heaven & Hell / DIO), Rowan Robertson (DIO), American Dog (featuring members of Dangerous Toys / Salty Dog), and rock acts including Leaving Eden, Takara, Richard Kendrick, Steve Pugh, Fair Warning, American Hellbilly.
Electric Sister's standout appearance on the record is just part of an epic year for the band. In addition to releasing a second single and video (I Want It All) from the critically acclaimed album The Lost Art Of Rock & Roll, Electric Sister has shared the bill with some of the biggest names in music including Motley Crue and KISS, Slash and Foxy Shazam, and Steel Panther.
Take Your Whiskey Home: A Millenium Tribute To Van Halen 1978-1984 is available in stores now. The Lost Art Of Rock & Roll is available online at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, 7digital, Spotify and at the band's website, electricsistermusic.com.
Drop Dead Legs streaming track: soundcloud.com/spinner-pr/drop-dead-legs-electric-sister/s-JOOYE.

INXS KICK THEIR WAY TO GLOBAL STARDOM 25 YEARS AGO:
Andrew Farriss, Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly And The Late Michael Hutchence Share The Inxs Story 'InTheStudio'
Dallas, TX - Oct 16, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Inxs, the Australian outfit that kicked their way to global stardom twenty-five years ago with the 1987 release of Kick, which dominated the U.S. charts with four Top 10 singles, including "New Sensation", "Devil Inside", "Never Tear Us Apart" and the # 1 "Need You Tonight". In this week's InTheStudio program Inxs band mates Tim and Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and the late Michael Hutchence discuss their early beginnings in Perth & Sydney, their endless world touring, and the importance of famed producer Chris Thomas on Listen Like Thieves and the 10 million seller Kick. It would take a decade and six albums for Inxs to reach the top, while together remaining brothers (literally and figuratively) throughout it all, even after the untimely death of singer/songwriter Michael Hutchence.
Andrew Farriss describes to InTheStudio host Redbeard one of the INXS front man's innate traits. "I recognized in Michael this bohemian thing immediately. He had an ability to be able to walk out of a room and not want to walk back in again. Michael was always walking from one door to the other, like a gypsy."
Inxs 'Kick' - InTheStudio program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/inxs-kick-25th-anniversary-2/.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

R.I.P. RICK CHADOCK:
The brotherhood of MelodicRock has lost another legend today. I'm deeply saddened to share the news that Rick Chadock - guitarist for White Sister - has passed away, losing a long running battle with cancer overnight.


Dennis Dries e-mailed me this morning with this message: "It's with a heavy heart and gut wrenching sadness that I have to inform you that Rick Chadock has passed away early this morning. He lost a long battle with cancer last nightwe're all devastated. Rick and his amazing wife Chanel requested that his illness be kept private, not many people knew he was sick. The last two years have been like a bad dream, the last several months a nightmareas I type this I still can't believe it.
I miss him so much, it hurtsHug everyone you care about, tell them how much they mean to youwhile you can. Peace, Dennis."


- I had the great fortune of meeting Rick and spending some time with him at Firefest 2008. He was a very genuine and down to earth guy, thoroughly humbled by the response from fans on that night in the UK. The band brought the house down - it was just one of those magic performances you see from time to time.
My personal condolences go to his wife and family and band mates. I'm sitting here with the White Sister debut playing at impossibly loud volume as a salute to a great person and a great musician. This is another sad sad day for melodic rock fans.
R.I.P. Rick.


NIGHT RANGER'S VIDEO FOR "(YOU CAN STILL) ROCK IN AMERICA":
Night Ranger fans worldwide can check out the worldwide premiere of the video for (You Can Still) Rock In America, taken from their forthcoming CD/DVD package 24 Strings & A Drummer Live & Acoustic.
The new live "greatest hits" CD/DVD package is due out on October 19th in Europe and October 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records. The album and DVD were recorded live in an intimate, all-acoustic setting with a select number of fans at TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA in May, 2012 and features some of their greatest hits such as "(You Can Still) Rock In America" and "Sister Christian" with refreshing new acoustic arrangements. The result is a testament to Night Ranger's stellar live show and the strength of their songwriting abilities. To pre-order the package from the Frontiers Records webstore click here, from Amazon.com click here or from iTunes click here.

Night Ranger's profile has been particularly high of late, with the band recently appearing on an episode of ABC's "Bachelor Pad" during the final challenge, Night Ranger frontman Jack Blades performing during the Republican National Convention and the music of Night Ranger being featured in a recent episode of the FOX hit series Glee. Night Ranger's legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band's inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band's music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger's songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX's hit TV show American Dad; JBL's "Hear The Truth" campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).
For more information please visit: www.nightranger.com / www.frontiers.it.


Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 52nd release of the label's successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mailorders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Dokken, Ten, KIX, Impera, Bonrud, Andy Rock, Soulspell, Night Ranger, Pride of Lions, Neal Schon... and more! Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site and here.
Here are the previews of the two Melodic Rock Fanzine covers:


BRAND NEW - CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS: AOR - ISSUE 7 ON SALE DECEMBER:
I've been given the inside scoop on the contents of the next Classic Rock Presents: AOR Magazine (Issue 7). It will hit newsstands December 12 and feature Boston as the feature cover story, a new article written by Derek Oliver.
Also featured in the magazine is feature stories on Jeff Scott Soto, FM, Kip Winger, Dare, Dante Fox, Nubian Rose, Heart, Axe and the 50 Best Females In Rock.
In addition to that, there's articles dedicated to Night X Night, Youngblood, Tyketto, Danger Danger, Tesla and coverage of Firefest 2012 (happening this weekend).
More details to follow ASAP!

NEW TORBEN SCHMIDT LONG STORY SHORT:
What on Earth makes a man release a new solo album twenty-one years after his debut release? It's a very good question, and the answer is simple; an unrelenting passion and love for writing songs.
New album features guest appearances from Freak Kitchen's Mattias 'Ia' Eklundh and Bjorn Fryklund.

Back in what seems like a lifetime ago Danish singer/songwriter Torben Schmidt was the vocalist, songwriter and mastermind behind the successful Danish melodic rock band Skagarack. The band enjoyed a healthy career, including a Grammy win and an appearance at the prestigious Reading Rock festival, but as the Nineties rolled around front man Torben Schmidt put the band on hold to release his critically acclaimed solo debut, 'A Bit On The Side'.
Skagarack recorded one album before the band split.
Torben then concentrated on his production company and record label and worked behind the scenes. States Torben, 'I produced and recorded many great artists, working with music business partners around the world, and it's all been good and fulfilling, since I was never really a sucker for the fame thing anyway... But the one thing that never left me was the passion for writing songs, I just can't help it, there is always a song in the back of my mind.'
And neither have Torben's fans forgotten him. 'Fans and friends have asked me many times over the years, if and when I would release a new album, and I always answered "next year, next year". 'Well, I have said "next year" so many times that it became embarrassing So, about three years ago I actually started to record a bunch of my song ideas, and before I knew it I had the eleven songs that are featured on "Long Story Short". I don't know if these eleven songs are the best of those I have been working on (on/off) over the last three years, but these are the ones I finished first! There is no real concept as such over the album, there's a definite Westcoast/country feel on a lot of the songs, which I really like, but it's not a whole album of that kind of stuff. It feels good to finally have the album completed. Twenty one years isn't that long to wait. Is it?'
The album is out now.

JACK RUSSELL FINDS HIMSELF HOSPITALIZED AGAIN:
A reader James e-mailed yesterday after a disappointment at a weekend show for Jack Russell's Great White.
He wrote: "Went to see Jack Russell's Great White Friday night in Jacksonville FL. He didn't show up but his band did. The band claimed he was in the hospital and then proceeded to take the stage and play a bunch of worn out covers. DISAPPOINTED!!"

I asked one of Jack's PR agents what happened. The reply: "Prior to the show on Thurs in Cape Coral Fl, Jack started to feel ill. He went ahead with the show, and the next morning he went to the ER in Sanford, where he was to perform that night. The doctor's there found that he an intestinal infection and that he needed to be put on IV antibiotics. He has been improving daily and is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow. The shows in Jacksonville and Sanford have been moved to this coming weekend. Same venues-Jacksonville will be this Friday night and Sanford will be this Saturday night."
I'll see if I can't get some reports back from those shows this weekend. Stay tuned...

H.E.A.T. PACK POWER IN NEW VIDEO:
Brand new H.E.A.T video to check out! The band emailed me this: "Just wanted to let you know that we just released a new video for our new single from Address the Nation - It's All About Tonight. We're very pleased with the video and we think that your readers will like it too!" Absolutely. View now.


THE ROOM SIGN RECORD CONTRACT:
Rock Band The Room signed to Melodic Revolution Records
British rock band The Room have signed to US label Melodic Revolution Records securing the release of their debut album. The band who hail from London and the Home Counties have been together for around two years, playing their first UK shows just 12 months ago. Announcing the contract, The Room vocalist Martin Wilson said: "We are absolutely delighted to have signed the deal with Melodic Revolution Records. They are an up and coming label with an incredible energy about them".
Guitarist Steve Anderson said: "Label president Nick Katona has a wealth of industry knowledge and I know we are going to benefit hugely from his advice and support" Katona, of the Florida based Melodic Revolution Records, is delighted with the signing. He said: "From the first tune on the album, I knew that there was something special about this band and I am truly honoured to be working with some of the finest musicians in the world today, known as The Room".
The band's debut album "Open Fire" will be released on the label later this year. It was recorded at Platform Studios in Hurst, Berkshire with producer Damon Sawyer. "Open Fire is a stunning debut release for The Room, keep your eyes and ears on this band" said Katona. Andy Rowe, bass guitarist said: "We have worked so hard for the last year on this album and we are so excited by the label's reaction to it. We can't wait to get out and play it live."
The album launch and supporting UK live shows will be announced soon.
The Room are: Martin Wilson-vocals, Steve Anderson-guitar, Steve Checkley-keyboards, Andy Rowe-bass guitar and Andrew Rae-drums.
WebLinks: www.theroom.eu / www.melodicrevolution.com.

TANGERINE DREAM EXPLORES THE ELECTRONIC SIDE OF CLASSIC AND MODERN ROCK SONGS ON UNDER COVER:
Tangerine Dream explores the electronic side of classic and modern rock songs on Under Cover, released via Cleopatra Records on October 16. The 14-track collection is a unique covers record from a band known for breaking musical barriers.
Under Cover features founding Tangerine Dream member Edgar Froese and the band reimagining songs that range from the experimental and expansive, like David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and the Beatles "Norwegian Wood" to Americana favorites like The Eagles "Hotel California" and Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game." Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, the Goo Goo Dolls, Leonard Cohen, Depeche Mode, and more are also taken on with Tangerine Dream's ambient soundscape.
Each member of the band selected tracks that intimately resonated with them. Froese chose "Everybody Hurts," Space Oddity," and "Heroes" on which he played synth, mellotron, and provided vocals. Percussionist/drummer Iris Camaa selected "Wicked Game," "Hotel California," and "Iris." Flutist and singer Linda Spa chose "The Model," "Suzanne," and "Forever Young." Thorsten Quaeschning, main vocalist and synth/guitar player, chose "Cry Little Sister," "Precious," and "Hallelujah." Guitarist Bernhard Beibl elected to cover "Norwegian Wood" and "Wish You Were Here."
Tangerine Dream, with Froese, has been affecting the musical playing field since 1967. Liberal experimentation with instruments, technology, and sound puts TD in genres including EDM, underground, new age, ambient, and krautrock. They were using sequencing techniques before sequencers existed, acquired a Moog early on, and in a live setting, utilized light technology in both minimalist and surrealistic ways. The band has provided soundtracks to several movies including Sorcerer, Risky Business, Legend, and Near Dark. Tangerine Dream still creates and performs today; Froese recently collaborated on the track "Kashmir" featured on the debut release from dubstep buzz band Blackburner (Cleopatra Records).
Tangerine Dream will be performing on the Cruise to the Edge, a very special music excursion with Yes, UK, Saga, Carl Palmer, Nektar, Zebra & Glass Hammer. The cruise departs Fort Lauderdale for five days around Grand Cayman and Jamaica on March 25.

Under Cover Track List: 1. Cry Little Sister (orig. Gerard McMann) 2. Everybody Hurts (orig. REM) 3. Precious (orig. Depeche Mode) 4. Space Oddity (orig. David Bowie) 5. The Model (orig. Kraftwerk) 6. Wicked Game (orig. Chris Isaak) 7. Hotel California (orig. The Eagles) 8. Suzanne (orig. Leonard Cohen) 9. Heroes (orig. David Bowie) 10. Forever Young (orig. Alphaville) 11. Iris (orig. Goo Goo Dolls) 12. Norwegian Wood (orig. The Beatles) 13. Hallelujah (orig. Leonard Cohen) 14. Wish You Were Here (orig. Pink Floyd).
Streaming MP3: "Space Oddity": soundcloud.com/brosseaupr/space-oddity-tangerine-dream/s-5d1Hy.


PROG ICON BILLY SHERWOOD TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM 'THE ART OF SURVIVAL':
Much to the excitement of progressive rock fans worldwide, multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer, singer/songwriter Billy Sherwood is releasing his new solo CD 'Art Of Survival' on October 5, 2012. As well as being band member/producer of bands such as Circa:, Yes, World Trade, Conspiracy and more recently The Prog Collective and The Fusion Syndicate, this CD marks the 6th solo release from Sherwood, who performs all instruments and vocals, as well as delivering his signature sonic spectrum in the production.
Billy broaches a number of controversial and topical subjects in 'The Art Of Survival'. Songs with titles such as "Drone Decipher", "Chosen By Divinity", "The Military Industrial Complex" and "Whose Side Are We On" explore topics such as the idea of extremes in surveillance, paranoia, propaganda, geo-politics, modern age warfare, technology, faith and the art of survival. "The idea of the CD is how the integration of politics, technology, faith and zealotry mix and mingle," explains Billy.
In other news, along with the release of 'The Art Of Survival', Billy has been producing a number of projects including the latest release by UK prog legends Nektar, The Prog Collective and The Fusion Syndicate projects, Days Between Stations second release and others. "I produced/recorded/mixed Nektar's new studio record called 'Time Machine', coming soon," says Billy. "The Prog Collective is an all original record I wrote/produced/mixed and then played on, featuring many great artists from the prog genre. It is a very special record containing some of progs biggest names. I am currently writing the next PC record as we speak." The Fusion Syndicate is a similar production as The Prog Collective, following the same model except in the fusion-jazz genre. Also, CIRCA: recently performed a series of successful shows in Brazil. Says Billy, "We are assembling music from various live performances and looking forward to releasing a live record as the next CIRCA: CD. We are discussing making a new studio record as well." Lastly, Billy will be producing and writing material for legendary actor William Shatner's new solo CD; a concept album featuring amazing guest artists!

Join Billy Sherwood and the Prog Collective on the Moody Blues' Moodies Cruise! Setting sail to Jamaica March 20-25, 2013, along with the Moody Blues, the Prog Collective (featuring Billy Sherwood Kaye) will be joined by The Strawbs, The Zombies, Little River Band, Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop, Asia Feat. John Payne and Joe Williams of Toto. For more information on this unique cruise check out the website at moodiescruise.com
In conclusion, Billy has this to impart to his fans and listeners: "I appreciate the support and hope you enjoy this new record." Please visit the online store to purchase 'The Art Of Survival' along with other Billy Sherwood solo works: www.billysherwoodhq.com.
"Whose Side Are We On?" video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUpVAhSCOi4&list=PL5A6348E726E47AA2&index=2&feature=plcp
"Drone Deciphers" video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgSnZMtLycE&feature=share&list=PL5A6348E726E47AA2
Billy Sherwood's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/billysherwoodhq and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/billy.sherwood.54?ref=tn_tnmn.



Monday, October 15, 2012

AVENUE OF ALLIES PRESS RELEASE - PERFECT VIEW VIDEO:
The Italian Melodic Rock band Perfect View is proud to present their first official video. The clip to the title track of the band's debut album Hold Your Dreams (Avenue 1011 0019) is available on their YouTube channel: youtu.be/cCDCLnm_yts.
Perfect View influences range from Melodic Rock to AOR and Hard Rock, balancing great melodies and vocal harmonies with hard rocking guitars while giving the keyboards lots of space to shine in many different colours.
A Special Edition of Hold Your Dreams is now available with the additional bonus track No Mercy.
WebLinks: www.perfectviewtheband.com / www.avenue-of-allies.com.

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S.U.N. SHINES AND SIGNS NEW ALBUM DEAL:
S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing) have signed a deal with record company Robo Records (a division of Waterfront Ent. Group), distributed through Fontana / Universal Music Distribution and home to such illustrious artists as John Waite, The Bangles, Brian Ray, Orianthi and Mickey Dolenz. S.U.N.'s first single I'm The One is impacting radio throughout October, 2012...with the full CD release later in the Fall.
Legendary multi-platinum selling Canadian vocalist and multiple Juno Award winner Sass Jordan, has teamed up with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, known for his tours of duty with Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy and currently Whitesnake, to record an album of anthemic rock songs, under the band name S.U.N. Previously working together is what united Jordan and Tichy to collaborate on the new music. "I had played drums on Sass's 'RATS' record" explains Tichy. "I knew she was one of the best rock singers out there. So after many years, we reconnected and tried a bit of writing together". Both felt that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away. "We didn't realize where we were going when we started out", says Jordan. "As we continued the songwriting path from quintessential rock tunes entitled 'Burned' to 'Mobile Again' to 'Nomad' and on ... The whole thing started to take shape in the form of a 70's odyssey, a time travel trajectory." Completing the band that drives this music home is Michael Devin (Whitesnake, Jason Bonham's Led Zep Exp., Kenny Wayne Shepherd ) on bass and Tommy Stewart on drums (Godsmack, Lo Pro, Everclear, Fuel).
"We are completely thrilled and ready to rock" says Rob Christie (President of Robo Records). "Sass Jordan is one of the great rock vocalists around, and a heck of a song-writer to boot! Brian Tichy and gang are seasoned pros, capable of complete face-melting rock grooves and hooks. I'm so excited to share this new album with the world". For more information on S.U.N. and the upcoming album release or to get a free MP3, go to www.somethinguntonothing.com There you will find their Facebook, Twitter and more.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Audio Interview with Former Plasmatics bassist Jean Beauvoir on RockEyez: www.rockeyez.com.

Never Enough by new rockers Black Tora is now available on iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/album/raise-your-fists-ep/id556014294). Purchase Black Tora EP Raise Your Fists, on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/raise-your-fists-ep/id556014294.
For real up to date news on Black Tora go to: www.facebook.com/officialblacktora / www.twitter.com/blacktora and sample the band via thei rnew video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSCQpd9VlfQ.

Florida power metallers Seven Kingdoms will release their new album The Fire is Mine October 9th via Nightmare Records / Sony / Red on October 9th. The band began working on the album in May of 2012 at Morrisound Studios and came out with a release powerful enough to hang with the best in metal. With legendary producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Obituary, JOP, Jag Panzer etc) at the helm and much more experience gained, Seven Kingdoms created their next melodic power thrash opus. For More Information Visit: www.sevenkingdoms.net / www.facebook.com/sevenkingdomsofficial.

JEAN BEAUVOIR PLEDGER EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTIC SHOWS:
News update from Jean Beauvoir: "Thank you very much to those who have come on-board and joined my Pledge campaign!!! We hope you're enjoying the exclusive updates, more great stuff to come!!! For those who are not aware, I have partnered with Pledge Music, the "direct to fan platform" for the making of a new record... A Crown Of Thorns EP. It's a fun and exciting ride where folks who Pledge get a backstage pass to exclusives, archived pics, videos, personal updates and more, which will only be available to Pledgers..
I am preparing to do a special set of streamed Acoustic Sessions which I'll call "The Recuperation Sessions"... Coming out of a knee surgery a couple of days ago has me somewhat under the weather, yet presents a perfect opportunity to still use my top half! So I've decided to do some acoustic shows from the house, where I'll perform and stream a variety of songs from the archives... Pledgers, stay tuned for schedule!!! If you haven't Pledged as of yet, come on board!!! Join us here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jeanbeauvoir.

A NEW METAL OPERA TO CHECK OUT:
In 2010 Norwegian composer/musician Andreas Nergrd began the work for a Melodic Metal-opera entitled Memorial for a Wish which will be released on two separate albums (part 1 & part 2). The ambitious composer brought along some very respected and well-known singers/instrumentalists on this project:
ge Sten Nilsen (Wig Wam), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Ex Gamma Ray), Gran Edman (Karmakanic, Ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind), Mike Vescera (Ex Yngwie Malmsteen, Ex Loudness), David Reece (Bangaloir Choir, Ex Accept), Helge Engelke (Fair Warning, Dreamtide), Tony Mills (Tnt, Ex Shy), Michele Luppi (Michele Luppi Band, Los Angeles), Andi Kravljaca (Silent Call, Seventh Wonder).

The story of the metal opera - Dublin, Ireland, 1890: The young man Peter O'Donnell is arrested and wrongfully accused for a burglary which he did not commit. After a short trial he is sentenced to prison for twenty years. In desperation he is forced to leave his pregnant wife behind and live in solitude behind the prison walls. Twenty long years passes by and Peter is released from jail, only to find out that his beloved wife died many years ago while giving birth to their daughter. The friends he once had turn their backs on him and let him face the grief all alone. This eventually tears him apart. As the hands of sorrow and despair becomes too much to handle he ends up committing suicide.

The first album is finished and will be released in the first part of 2013 along with a high-class music video featuring Tony Mills from TNT. Here's a sample video of the album: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Em5pNgOXo4o. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/memorialforawish.


RAVEN LORD DESCEND TO THE UNDERGROUND:
Multinational heavy metal band Raven Lord have revealed the cover art for their debut album, "Descent to the Underworld". A brand new song "Black Friar", can be streamed below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Descent to the Underworld", which will be released due in December 2012. Raven Lord "Black Friar": soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/raven-lord-black-friar.
The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordstrm (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil, Opeth) and mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Dokken). The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was made by Caio Caldas "CadiesArt", who has previously worked with Doro, Paul D'ianno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and Violet Sun, among others.
Raven Lord just recently added Joe Stump (Holy Hell, Reign Of Terror) as their lead guitarist to their ranks.
Unashamedly wearing their heavy metal roots on their leather-studded sleeves, Raven Lord combine the classic metal feel of the past with the fresh aggression of the present. Thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and explosive riffs blend with distinct heavy, melodic vocals to create driving and memorable songs.
Raven Lord is: Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) Vocals; Joe Stump (Holyhell, Reign Of Terror) Lead Guitar; George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X) Guitar; Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) Bass; Lawrence "Larry" Paterson (Blaze Baley, Stuka Squadron) Drums; [to be announced] Keyboards.
Details of live dates, including some high-profile shows for the Summer 2013, are expected to be announced soon. www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic / www.raven-lord.com.

GUITARIST DECLERCQ TEAMS WITH BLAZE BAYLEY:
Los Angeles, CA based guitarist Chris Declercq has issued A Miracle Away, his collaboration with former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley which is streaming on YouTube at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2Xuju6Mey8.
Written, arranged and produced by Declercq who handles both guitars and bass, the song also features long-time Iron Maiden live keyboardist Michael Kenney and drummer David Moreno (Bruce Dickinson, Tribe Of Gypsies, Puddle Of Mudd). Basic tracks were recorded at Moreno's studio in Granada Hills, CA before Declercq traveled to Birmingham, England to meet up with Blaze Bayley for the vocal sessions.
"A Miracle Away", which is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets, was mixed by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Halford) and mastered by Tom Baker (Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie). A music video for the song is currently in production.
For more info visit: www.chrisdeclercq.com. 'A Miracle Away' links: iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/miracle-away-feat.-blaze-bayley/id564988479 / Amazon: www.amazon.com/Miracle-Away-feat-Blaze-Bayley/dp/B009H0O4V0 / emusic: www.emusic.com/listen/#/album/chris-declercq/a-miracle-away-feat-blaze-bayley/13620285/


MARTIN POPOFF FADES TO BLACK:
News from author and journalist Martin Popoff: "OK, so yes, it is a rubber-bound hard cover, 9 1/2" x 12 1/4" large format, on premium gloss stock, full colour throughout and it weighs 3 3/4 pounds. What is it? Well, it's a book of hard rock 'n' metal cover art, picked by myself and cover artist Ioannis, and then what I've done is critiqued, reviewed, raved about, interpreted, reminisced over... each one. Emboldening some of my most feverish writing is lots of quotes 'n' comments from the cover artists themselves, the photographers, and in many cases the bands (and even the odd manager), about the thought process behind the cover at hand.
So without getting into names, you've got commentary from the guys who did covers for Uriah Heep, Diamond Head, Budgie, Ted Nugent (Weekend Warriors yeah!), Kiss, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Gamma (II of course!), Iron Maiden, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Motley Crue... and dozens of rockers from all walks of the '70s and '80s having a laugh over some of their greatest wrappers. And it's not all mainstream eitheryou'll see some Quartz, Manowar, Legs Diamond, Angel, Boyzz and Starz celebrated here as well.
Also included are a couple of reminiscing introductions from myself and Ioannis (who also helped with design) and list of both of ours' Top 100 Hard Rock Album Covers Of The Vinyl Age. Each cover is fully credited, and then cross referenced by a couple of indexes in the back, and the shots of each sleeve are sumptuously top-notch, taken from pristine sources.
Unfortunately, this book is a little pricey, given high shipping costs, although it's really only pretty bad overseas. Still, two things:
1) I'll of course be signing them (and given that it's a HUGE Christmas item, please make sure you tell me if it's not for you!); and
2) this is a good time to bundle with another book or two because YOU'VE PAID ALL THE POSTAGE with the costs below. Seriously, ask me for a quote. It's only the cost of the book and I'll give ya a deal for playing ball with me!

Price including shipping: US orders: $40.00 US funds; Int'l orders (all books go air): $65.00 Cdn. funds; Canadian orders: $49.00 Cdn. funds.
PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you'd like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net. Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or International money order), to: Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2
Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books.



Friday, October 12, 2012

ENJOYING A PERFECT DAY DEBUT OUT IN NOVEMBER:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of A Perfect Day Self-Titled debut album on November 19 in North America and November 23 in Europe.
The concept of A Perfect Day came about when Andrea Cantarelli - guitarist and co-founding member of the Italian Heavy Metal band Labyrinth presented the new songs and riffs he was working on to his bandmate Roberto Tiranti. The musical direction was evidently different from what they have been developing on Labyrinth's recent releases, more in line with Hard Rock rather than Power Metal.
Roberto immediately loved the music that Andrea played him and started to work on songs and melodies which during 2011 and 2012 brought life to the debut album which finally sees the light of day now on Frontiers Records.
"Labyrinth is my band, but now it is not enough" says Cantarelli. "APD is what I need today. I need another band, a real band in order to express my creative juices. Musically speaking we are now in Hard Rock territory, however I have tried to give the sound a more dynamic and modern edge, not far away from acts like Alter Bridge or Stone Sour". But melody still plays a leading role in A Perfect Day music. Although, on the one hand, melodies are sometimes very relaxed, they are in contrast, with the wall of sound created by the heavy guitar riffing.
A Perfect Day line-up is completed with Alessandro Bissa (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) on drums.
The guys plan to have their live debut around the release of the album. "If there will be opportunities to promote the album live we will take them!" concludes Andrea Cantarelli. "We are aware if will not be easy but we are working on it".

A Perfect Day self-titled debut album includes the following tracks: Another Perfect Day; Now And Forever; Long Road To Ruin; Alone And Free (Rockblind); Silent Cry; Under The Same Sun; Here We Are Again; Waiting On The Edge; Warm Embrace; We Only Say Goodbye.
Enjoy now APD's first single "Silent Cry" streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio.

A Perfect Day: Roberto Tiranti: Vocal Bass; Andrea Cantarelli: Guitars; Alessandro Bissa: Drums / WebLink: www.facebook.com/APDBand.

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FIREWORKS 54 OUT NOW:
Fireworks #54 is one of the most packed issues ever produced, with 96 glossy full colour pages straining to hold in 37 interviews. That's right - 37! Count 'em - we had to! And it's not interviews with just anyone among that plethora we have Glenn Hughes talking all about Black Country Communion and their latest masterpiece, 'Afterglow'. We have Southern Rock royalty in the form of Lynyrd Skynryd. We have influential Brit rockers Magnum, as well as Journey's very own guitar hero Neal Schon.
We didn't stop there though - how about German's metal queen Doro? We talk to her too - not forgetting the eternally youthful Rick Springfield, or the Jim Peterik led Pride Of Lions. Did we mention Dokken as well? Or ex-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell?
Rounded out by acts like Tommy Denander, Gun, Ten and Marty Friedman and there's plenty to keep you occupied. But just in case that wasn't enough, we have a stunning feature on the late, great Freddie Mercury as well as an incredibly in-depth collection of reviews - thirty two pages covering all the latest albums, reissues, DVD's, books and gigs. We tell you what's worth buying to save you money in these financially challenging times - so the best thing to do is invest in Fireworks 54. We're the very embodiment of value for money!

Available from ... Participating WHSmith and McColls Group stores (see Store Finder for participating stockists) Here in the Rocktopia Shop (registration required) Here in the Fireworks Magazine Mini Store (no registration required) Direct from Fireworks HQ by emailing fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com, paying via Paypal. Send 6 (inc P&P) for UK, 8.50 (inc P&P) Europe, and 9.50 (inc P&P) for USA/Rest of World.
Digital Version available here next week.


HEADEAST AND STRIKEFORCE LIVE IN ILLINOIS:
Sweetsounds Music is proud to announce that midwest classic legendary rockers Headeast and hard rockers Strikeforce will be playing at the Effingham Arena (1500 seater) on sat Nov 3 in Effingham, Illinois! Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. Tickets are selling great and Strikeforce will be filmed for a live performance DVD and CD release! Strikeforce and Headeast will do more 2013 tour dates together!

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METAL HAMMER PRESENTS: MOB RULES "CANNIBAL NATION" ALBUM STREAMING COUNTDOWN:
To make the time until the release date of Mob Rules new album (October 19) more enjoyable, Metal Hammer Germany will present you a brand new track from the album daily from now on! The first track available is the album opener Close My Eyes.
Furthermore, the title song Cannibal Nation is available as Free Download now (just visit www.afm-records.com/free and enter with the code "MG52K2V").
Cannibal Nation will be released as CD, ltd. digipak (incl. bonus track) and ltd. LP (180 gramms vinyl, gatefold sleeve).


INTERVIEWS WITH BOB CATLEY AND GREG FRASER RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 11th October 21:00-23:00 UK time, repeated Saturday 13th October 08:00-10:00 UK time) features two exclusive interviews, and is now available for streaming online at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-magnum-and-brighton-rock-interviews. In the first hour of the show, Bob Catley of melodic Hard Rock legends Magnum talks about the band's new album "On The 13th Day" and selects three tracks from the new release, along with tracks from the band's back catalogue.
And in the second hour of the show, Greg Fraser of Canadian rockers Brighton Rock talks about the band's forthcoming appearance at Firefest, and selects songs from the band's 3 albums that will be featured in their live set at Firefest. The show also features a track from Greg's other band Fraze Gang, who recently released their second album "2".
The show also features a mix of classic tracks and killer new cuts from Rainbow, Gary Moore, ELO (new re-recordings), Linkin Park, Mob Rules, The Outlaws, Witchcraft and Thin Lizzy.

ALL ABOARD THE SHIP OF FEAR?:
Miami, FL (October 11, 2012) --- The most terrifying villains from the greatest fright films of all time turn the high seas into their newest hunting ground next Halloween when the very first Ship Of Fear: A Horror Cruise, hosted by Tom Holland, sets sail in October 2013. Led by the Architect of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper, directors and actors from genre-defining films including Child's Play, Candyman, Phantasm, Fright Night, The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Friday the 13th, The Howling, Pet Sematary and more will roam the decks with macabre illusionists, performance artists and rock stars for five full-moonlit nights of madness for horror fans aboard.
Launched by ECP, the world's largest independent cruise production company, and StarVista, The Ship Of Fear (a full ship charter) departs on its maiden voyage from Miami, FL on October 28, 2013. The Carnival Victory will sail Halloween week with stops in Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport before returning to Miami on November 2. Horror/thriller network Chiller has joined the cruise as a presenting sponsor, running extensive promotions on the network, onboard events and establishing co-branding opportunities.
"Ship of Fear is a culmination of everything I love about the horror genre; the movies, the monsters, the special effects and especially the fans," says film writer/director and cruise host Tom Holland. "What we have in store will be unlike any other convention experience out there - we're planning an immersive experience for devotees that includes panels and screenings of many beloved genre classics, horror-themed parties and costume contests as well as daily signings and other special events including bringing five of the Masters of Horror together in front of their fans for a rare group appearance."

The Ship Of Fear will pay homage to the horror genre in all forms; from daily panels and classic horror film reunions (featuring appearances by many of the genre's biggest names in front of and behind the camera) to costume contests, live talent demonstrations and more. The non-stop fun features appearances by stars Zach Galligan ("Gremlins, Hatchet 3"), Reggie Bannister ("Phantasm" series), R.A. "Leatherface" Mihailoff, Ed "Chucky" Gale, Kane "Jason" Hodder, Tony "Candyman" Todd, Belinda Balaski ("The Howling") and directors Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play), Don Coscarelli ("Phantasm," "The Beastmaster," "Bubba Ho-Tep"), Mick Garris (television's "Masters of Horror," "The Stand," "Freddy's Nightmares"), Joe Dante (The Howling, Piranha, Gremlins), and Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary) as well as live musical performances by Alice Cooper, Dee Snider and Corey Feldman and Truth Movement. On the Ship of Fear, the terror never ends!
Cruisers aboard the Ship of Fear will also be able to go behind the scenes with some of Hollywood's best special effects and make-up artists and join performance artists such as the irreverent steam-punk, zombie hunting team, League of S.T.E.A.M. Horror fans will be captivated by illusionists, nightly movie screenings with Q&A's, an amateur horror film festival, party it up during "Screech on the Beach" (held on Carnival's own private island), a Zombie Prom on Halloween night and meet with many more surprises.
Reservations for cabins on this cruise may be made now by visiting www.ShipOfFear.com or calling (toll free) 855-770-1313. Special "before dawn" cabin rates will be in effect until December 31, 2012 and start at $729 per person. Rates include all meals, concerts, entertainment and onboard activities.
For further information, go to: www.ShipOfFear.com / Twitter.com/shipoffear / Facebook.com/shipoffear.

YNGWIE LOSES BASS PLAYER:
According to Swedish rock radio programme Radio Fireball (twitter.com/radiofireball) bass player Bjorn Englen quits Swedish guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen's band, due to heavy schedule and other commitments such as Tony MacAlpine, Soul Sign and Dio Disciples. Englen's Soul Sign recently recruited ex-Yngwie singer Mark Boals and a new album and tour is planned for next year.
The other week Englen joined forces with Dio Disciples, which consists of members of the Dio band plus singer Tim "Ripper" Owens. As reported by Radio Fireball Owens quit Yngwie's band earlier this year.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with the following cool features:
- Michael Fury - Affairs In Babylon (Feature Album - 1984)
- Chris Farren - Sign Of Life (Unreleased Alum - 1992)
- Kansas - The Power Sessions Demos (18 Tracks)

Plus the following new videos: Pride of Lions - Delusional, Loverboy - Heartbreaker, Havana Black - Hoo Myself, It Bites - Cartoon Graveyard, Diemonds - Take On the Night.
Join MRX now.

SHOWCASE UPDATED:
The CD Showcase has been updated with 4 cool new albums due shortly. Check out soundbytes from each track for Jimi Jamison, Issa & Soleil Moon (Frontiers Records, all due November 2) and Lover Under Cover (Escape Music, due November 16. Go check out now!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

DAVID REECE CONFIRMED AS NEW VOCALIST FOR POWERWORLD:
It's been the perfect surprise: the German metal band Powerworld have enlisted American vocalist David Reece (Accept, Bangalore Choir) to replace Andrew 'Mac' McDermott, who recorded the vocal parts on their second album Human Parasite in 2010 and sadly passed away in August 2011. Rumours that interims shouter Michael Bormann, who helped out on Powerworld's tour with Axel Rudi Pell, would sing on the upcoming album, have proved unfounded. Bassist Ilker Ersin: "It's true that we briefly toyed with the idea, but for various reasons we decided not to follow it up." Ersin is all the more happy about his new colleague, David Reece: "It's an amazing experience for me to be working with an American instead of a European musician for the first time in my career, especially since David is an experienced vocalist. The first songs he recorded for Powerworld have confirmed my expectations."
Reece, who succeeded Udo Dirkschneider on the Accept album Eat The Heat in 1989, went on to tour with Accept and then founded Bangalore Choir before releasing his celebrated solo debut Universal Language three years ago, is also looking forward to his new challenge: "Powerworld sound more progressive and intense than the stuff I recently worked on. I feel that my voice suits their material perfectly, and I'll work hard on delivering my optimum performance. I'm glad to be back home, because being married to a German woman, Germany is my favourite country in Europe."
The new album will be called Virtuality and has been scheduled for release in spring 2013. According to Ersin, it's not a concept album but a recording which "reflects the madness in the virtual and also in the real world." Stylistically, Virtuality is a mix of modern metal with progressive influences and classic hard rock. Reece: "We can hardly wait to introduce the new material to our fans and go on stage with them as soon as possible, particularly since we have found our ideal record company in SPV." Along with David Reece and Ilker Ersin, Powerworld 2012/2013 consist of Andreas Rippelmeier (guitar), Marco Grasshoff (keyboards) and Guido Gallus (drums). For more information, check out Powerworld`S website at www.powerworld.org / www.spv.de.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Starting this Friday Miles Schon and Miles of Will will be getting radio air play on internet FM Radio. They should be getting plugs leading up to Friday. This station reaches 13 million - www.unir1.fm.

A new Examiner.com interview conducted with Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, UFO) is now online with Simon talking about his memories of Ronnie James Dio, his current work as a member of Dio Disciples (on tour Oct. 20), and his time in AC/DC, including his thoughts about what happened to Brian Johnson's voice after 1985 and a surprise reunion of the ex-members that happened in Los Angeles on the Black Ice tour! exm.nr/QcMKCP.

Featurette 3 The Order of the Universe, which takes a deeper look at the background and structure of the Docker's Guild project and The Mystic Technocracy storyline is now available for viewing at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MElTwUnaFOI.

Jason & The Scorchers and Dan Baird & Homemade Sin guitarist Warner E. Hodges spoke with the From Out Of Nowhere Podcast about an incident with the Swiss Border Patrol that lead to the new Dan Baird & Homemade Sin DVD Viva Nashvegas!. Warner also discussed the status of a rumored Jason & The Scorchers DVD and touring plans for his other project The Bluefields. Viva Nashvegas! was released on September 10 to help repay the expenses of a Swiss border stop that turned into what the authorities coined and International Smuggling incident. Cited with illegally crossing an unmanned border, the band faced seizure of all their equipment and merchandise on the eve of a 42-date European tour. The band was given 12 hours to pay a fine of more than 9,000 Euros or their gear would be confiscated and sold by the Swiss government.
WebLink: fromoutofnowheremedia.tumblr.com/post/31868521242/episode-68-special-music-unit-with-warner-e

UPDATE FROM FINN SYMPHONIC PROGRESSIVE METAL OUTFIT ANTHRIEL:
Finn symphonic progressive metal outfit Anthriel are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their blistering 2010 debut 'The Pathway'. Lead vocalist Simo Silvan has checked in with the following update.
"I thought that it's high time to tell all of you what's happening at the moment in the World Of Anthriel! As many of you might have noticed we are indeed recording a new album as I write this update to enlighten the near future of what's to come. All the songs to the second album have been written already and now we are just recording and adding more elements to fulfil the ambition we have towards our second album, which by the way already has a title and a track list but I'm not going to tell about those things.. yet!
The past few months has gone by, by recording the drum tracks. Jari has indeed done a fantastic job behind the drums, as always, and there will be lots and lots of new cool stuff happening in the drum world during the whole album. In my opinion Jari has pushed the envelope, so to say, even further, and by doing that he has raised the bar quite high for all of us in the band. Yet that's a good thing of course.
Now as almost all of the drum parts have been played we've been able to do other things also and that means Timo's rhythm guitar parts. I have had the pleasure of being around listening many times when Timo has laid down his tracks and I really must confess that those guitar parts are something really fantastic! Lots of cool heavy riffs and rhythmic changes and odd time signatures... It's quite overwhelming to listen to what he's got to say with his guitar.
Antti has also started to make his magic with the keyboards. It really is quite awesome to hear all the musical landscapes building up bit by bit. All those bright piano parts, dramatic strings and a lead sound that just blows the listener away as the solo parts take place.. yet there is much more to say about this thing so I better leave it to Antti.
Also any day soon now Klaus will start playing his bass parts in so all the young and old bass players out there be aware.
I also started my musical journey in the Vocal World a while ago. First thing that I realized was that this album is going to need huge amounts of nuances because the music is so versatile and full of harmonies and chord progressions...This music we compose is somewhat like a twisted playground to a singer. Sometimes I'm just overwhelmed by all the beautiful harmonies we are making yet during the very next second it turns to a total nightmare. Don't get me wrong, I love what I'm doing! By saying nightmare I'm really referring to the fact that there are moments when all the easy singing parts turn upside down and I must give all the sense of nuances and power and emotion out at the same time yet still being able to not to cross the line into sounding something terrible.
Ok. That's what's basically happening now. We're gonna publish more detailed Studio Diary updates from all of us in the near future and add also so pictures from the sessions.. maybe even video clips.
But I hope you are all well and stay tuned for more news from the world of Anthriel!
Yours, Simo Silvan"


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

FRONTIERS RECORDS UNLEASHES THE ROCK'N ROLL ANIMALGENE THE WEREWOLF:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Gene The Werewolf international debut album aptly entitled Rock'n Roll Animal on November 23 in Europe.
The band hails from Pittsburgh when in 2007 five musicians disillusioned from their previous experiences decided to join forces in something "insanely different" from what they have been doing until then and "give a nod to the music we listened to growing up in the 80's. One of the more important aspects of the new project was to not take ourselves too seriously and have fun with it", tells the band's guitar player Drew Donegan.
It didn't take long for people to gravitate towards the band, as local media outlets began referring to the band as Pittsburgh's local 'Supergroup'. Furthermore, the bands first show sold out within minutes of doors opening!
Donegan describes Gene the Werewolf's sound as "classic rock with a modern vibe", similar to what bands like Kiss, Def Leppard, AC/DC and Motley Cre would sound like if they released their music today... a far cry from the pop-punk bands the band members had been in previously. "We also like the term diamond-core, because diamond is the hardest rock known to man", Donegan adds.
When referring to Rock n Roll Animal, the band's newest album, Gene exclaims: "It's the perfect soundtrack to a beer-infused Saturday night!"
Plenty of bands aren't shy about flaunting cocky bios and making no secret of their self-perceived talent, but few take it as far as Gene the Werewolf. "We used to say we were the best rock band, but by now I'd say we're just the best band ever," Donegan said. "We play absurdly loud, sweat our asses off, and then sleep on filthy apartment floors together because we love doing it".
Ultimately, the band's intentions are as pure as they've ever been. "We formed this band to play loud, rowdy, and crude Rock N' Roll," says Gene. "I think with this record we've accomplished everything we've ever wanted out of being in a band together."

Enjoy Gene The Werewolf newest videoclip "I Only Wanna Rock n Roll" following the link below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGmj5YxK8OA.
Tune in on the Frontiers Records webradio (www.frontiers.it/webradio) to listen exclusively the amazing first single I Only Wanna Rock n Roll and get ready for the forthcoming hilarious band's videoclip to be launched soon!
Rock 'n Roll Animal includes the following cuts: Wicked Love; I Only Wanna Rock N Roll; Superhero; Heart Of Steel; Rock N Roll Animal; I've Got The Love; Ruffneck Woman; Light Me Up; Firecracker; Give It Up; The Ballad Of Gene. Make Love (Bonus Track Itunes).

Gene The Werewolf: Jon Belan a/k/a Gene the Werewolf vocals, guitar; Drew Donegan guitar; Aaron Mediate keyboards; Nick Revak drums; Tim Schulz bass and vocals.

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MITCH MALLOY SHINE'S ON AND THE REVEALING OF AN ARCHIVE VAN HALEN DEMO:
Much love AOR star Mitch Malloy is back with an old/new album, to be released on CD at Firefest weekend in the UK (Oct 19-21) and thereafter digitally via iTunes and CD via www.mitchmalloy.com and aorheaven.com.
Shine On is an almost completely re-recorded Shine album, bringing in 3 brand new tracks. Mitch stated to Rocktopia: "Although 'Shine' was partially funded by Eddie Van Halen himself, as he really liked the songs, I wasn't able to get it to sound how I wanted it to sound with the budget that I had, so I was never happy with it and didn't want to put it on iTunes. So I decided to re-mix it and in trying to do that discovered that many things were missing. Many, many tracks were gone and some to the point I couldn't even do those songs. So I had to leave them behind and write three new songs for 'Shine On'. So it's three brand new songs. Two new versions of songs with brand new recordings and the rest are all new instruments and vocals except for drum tracks. One song is almost the same instruments but I decided to do it as a duet with my sister Holy, so that is also a new twist. So it started to become this whole different CD and that is why it's got a new name. It's not an old album at all, it's a new album, with a brand new cover and art work that was so well done by James Gaden."

The track listing is: Shine (New), You Lift Me, It's About Love, Draw The Line, Loves Own Hand, Places Only Love Can Go, Love Made A Liar Out Of Me, What I'm Livin For (New), Nothing New, Never Enough (New).

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Speaking of Mitch and Eddie Van Halen, it's been discussed over and over what might have been should Mitch have continued his brief hook up with Van Halen when he auditioned for the role made vacant after Sammy Hagar's departure. He was told on day 3 of the hang out that he was in, but management wanted Gary Cherone and the rest is history. But for the first time ever - you can take a listen to one of the several tracks Mitch tried out, with this exclusive track of Mitch Malloy jamming with Van Halen (Ed, Al & Mike) in the 5150 Studio back in 1996 (sorry for the video typo stating 1998):


GEOFF TATE PREPARES HIS KINGS & THIEVES:
Geoff Tate's forthcoming solo CD Kings & Thieves is still slated for release on Tuesday, November 6 with the support tour beginning on Wednesday, October 17.
A link to the lyric video for the song, Dark Money, off the forthcoming CD can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIVWKlUvvBU. Exclusive pre-order packages for Kings & Thieves are now available at www.cmdistro.com/Search/kings_and_thieves and include a copy of the CD, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive T-shirt.
WebLink: www.geofftate.com.


INTRODUCING PANORAMA:
The theatrical rock band Panorama, featuring Oz Osukaru and Cecilia Camuii from the AOR outfit Osukaru, have unveiled the cover art for their upcoming CD "The Puppeteer" with release in January 2013. The release party will however take place this December 13th at Henriksberg, Gothenburg. For more info, check out the Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/220508301410234/
Panorama was founded by singer Pontus Hansson and drummer Axel Ryberg and the music can be described as a mix between Broadway musicals, Queen, progressive rock and heavy metal. For a better glimpse, listen to the promotional version of the song "Holes In the Sky" which will be featured on the album in a remixed format: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAHAd5IndVw
Panorama @ Facebook: www.facebook.com/PanoramaProject.


JOHN TAGLIERI SET TO RELEASE BEST OF COLLECTION INCLUDES TWO BONUS TRACKS:
(Hanson, MA - 9 Oct. 2012) Beginning his solo career way back in 1999, singer / songwriter John Taglieri has released a total of nine albums to date between his solo releases and his band TAG, beginning with "Leap Of Faith", which garnered him a record deal, a 'Male Pop CD Of The Year' award & worldwide notoriety. In 2005 Taglieri broke all the rules and quit his nice, comfy, well paid day job to strike out as a full time musician. Not only did he succeed but he has bypassed any expectations he may have had, touring an average of 230 shows per year, securing sponsorships, opening for national acts, and seeing the worldall culminating in the 2012 release Lucky #9 topping out at Number 2 on the Amazon AA chart and spawning two Top 5 singles, including the chart topping, "Make Me Believe." "It's been amazing to me to be able to make a living making music, seeing the world and working with my idols for as long as I have. I can't believe I'm about to release my tenth CD...I'm truly a lucky person" said Taglieri.

With The Very Best Of John Taglieri...The Songs That Should Have Made Me RICH!!!, John delivers a 20 song extravaganza celebrating his career, which pulls two songs from each of his nine releases and also brings two previously unreleased tracks, 'What I Wanted After All' and 'Back To You' out of the archives and made available to the public for the first time. Taglieri said of the new tracks..."The two new tracks are GREAT songs that I'm very proud of and excited to finally get out for people to hear! I'd have them for a bit and was waiting for the right time to release themand well, this is it! 'What I WWanted After All' is a fun upbeat pop rocker about how sometimes getting what you want turns out to not always bewellwhat youyou want! LOL. And 'Back To You' is a bouncy rock/country-ish feeling song about trying to convince someone that's leaving you that coming back is the best decision they can make and the one you want to make. Something i'm sure we've all been through!"
As for the album's title, The Very Best Of John Taglieri...The Songs That Should Have Made Me RICH!!!, it's John being himself, humourously self deprecating. "Hey, we all want to be rock stars and drive the fancy cars and have the big house!! WellI guess 1 out of 3 isn't bad!! LOL... I'm still amazingly lucky to have my career and be able to do all the things I do. So maybe now as a collection, these damn songs will finally make me RICH! haha!"
The Very Best Of John Taglieri...The Songs That Should Have Made Me RICH!!! is out digitally worldwide on 23 October via Leap Dog Music.
WebLinks: johntaglieri.com / facebook.com/johntaglierimusic / twitter.com/johntaglieri.

THIRD VERSE TOURING PRESS RELEASE:
Lost Angels, the super-group featuring singer John Corabi (Mtley Cre, The Scream, Union, Ratt), guitarist Eric Dover (Slash's Snakepit, Sextus, Alice Cooper, Jellyfish), drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion, Gilby Clarke, Pretty Boy Floyd), bassist Eric Brittingham of Cinderella are visiting Australia in December 2012 to play special intimate shows in selected cities only! Lost Angels was formed as a side project so the guys could continue their love of playing and touring. Having known each other for a number of years timing was perfect in 2010 for the four to come together to form their own individual group. Lost Angels will be kicking off their Australian December tour in Adelaide, followed by Melbourne then Sydney.
3 Shows Only!
Thursday 20th December Adelaide The Governor Hindmarsh
Friday 21st December Melbourne The Hifi Bar
Saturday 22nd December Sydney The Metro Theatre
Tickets On Sale October 15
Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see these heavyweights of hard rock & heavy metal play the hit songs from their careers LIVE!
WebLink: www.lostangels.com.au.


STILLETTO RELEASE GETS A REMASTER:
News from Renegade Sounds - Spin by Stiletto, with the AOR hit Freedom, has been remastered by Gotham City's Craig Waddell. The Vancouver band, featuring David Steele and Kenny Geatros, are well-known for studio sessions with Def Leppard, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Poison, Blue Murder, Renegade, Double Dealer and others. Renegade Sounds Executive Producer Jim Buckshon enlisted Waddell, whose credits include Hans Zimmer, Heart, Loverboy, Delerium and others to brighten up the mixes and bring the album to a more polished level. Spin (Remastered) will be available digitally from www.cdbaby.com and iTunes Tuesday Oct 16. www.renegadesounds.com.


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

JEFF LYNNE TAKES OVER THE UK SMALL SCREEN:
Jeff Lynne has been on UK TV to promote the long-awaited release of his two new albums, Long Wave No.2 in the Amazon presale chart and Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best of ELO No.1 presale out today (October 8) on Frontiers Records.
He was interviewed by Jools Holland on Tuesday's LaterLive, (watch here), appeared on Wednesday night's The One Show for The Story Of The Song feature on 'Mr. Blue Sky' (watch here) and on Friday's BBC Breakfast (watch here).
Friday night saw the UK TV debut of Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary as part of BBC Four's Jeff Lynne Night which aired classic footage like 'ELO Live At Wembley' in 1978, 'Rock Family Trees: 'The Birmingham Beat' and 'Jeff Lynne Acoustic: 'Live From Bungalow Palace'.
On the radio, new single 'At Last' has been on Radio 2's A-List, with 'Long Wave' Album Of The Week. Jeff chatted to Mark Goodier on Smooth radio last Thursday and will be on Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show The Tracks Of My Years, broadcast at 11.50am each weekday from Monday October 22.


EONIAN RECORDS PRESENTS YOUNGBLOOD - NO RETREAT ALBUM RELEASE TODAY:
Metallers Youngblood have released their debut full-length album: No Retreat October 9th in North America and throughout Europe on Enian Records and distributed by Sony Red & Nightmare Records. Produced by Jeff Diehl (who has worked with such legends and luminaries as Gene Simmons, Sweet FA, Ma Kelly, Kramus, Healing Sixes, Eddie Kramer and many more.) No Retreat was recorded in the band's hometown of Indianapolis and has been referred to as a hot, fiery fist of Rock n' Roll and the band compared to as a blend of Warrant, Slaughter and Firehouse. Please see below for full track-listing.
Hailing from Indianapolis, Youngblood cut their teeth relentlessly playing 4 to 6 nights a week, 10 to 12 months a year. The band came onto the music scene when Sony/Epic Music first heard the band's demo of No Retreat's first single "Don't Play with My Head." The band worked tirelessly for nine months to generate forty-five tracks that were mixed and mastered by Diehl Productions. Sixteen tracks are being released on the band's first album No Retreat. MelodicRock.com declares "Youngblood's attitude and music have 'star-power' written all over it", while Senda Producciones says No Retreat is "Insanely awesome this music is f**king orgasmic!" Europe's top Hard Rock & Metal publication, Fireworks Magazine sums up No Retreat in just one word "Brilliant!"
Youngblood is Bobby Sisk (Lead Vocals), Jeff Diehl (Guitars & Vocals), Eric Saylors (Guitars & Vocals), Danny Williams (Keyboards & Vocals), Kyle Koker (Bass & Vocals), and Kevin Kale (Drums).

"No Retreat" track-listing: 1. Pump It Up 2. Love Is All Around 3. Sock It To Me 4. Get Down To It 5. Shot of You 6. Heat of the Passion 7. Save Your Lies 8. Feel Thang 9. Find A Way 10. Taste Of Your Lovin' 11. Back In My Life 12. Coming Home 13. My One and Only 14. Don't Play With My Head 15. You've Gotta Go 16. I Love You.
Youngblood Video Teaser: youtu.be/3BgO4qKLfU0. To purchase your copy of Youngblood "No Retreat", please visit www.EonianRecords.com.

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ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE II TO SET SAIL IN JANUARY 2013:
On Thursday, January 10, 2013, thousands of rock fans are expected to board a luxury cruise vessel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that'll be taking them to Labadee, Haiti for what promises to be the classic rock cruise of a lifetime. Introducing the Rock Legends Cruise Ii. Here's the rundown...
Approximately two-dozen artists will be performing multiple sets in at least three separate, easily accessible, venues over four days and four nights (think: "hours of greatest hits"). One big classic rock festival at sea aboard 154,407 tons of fun known as Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas -- one of the biggest, fastest and most luxurious passenger ships in existence, spanning over 1100 feet long.
One moment you're by the pool basking in the sun and the next, you're taking in live musical performances by some of your all-time favorite classic rock bands (see below for the incredible line-up in its entirety).
You and a few thousand other classic rock fanatics wonder, "How did I get here?" as you sing along to such rock anthems as "Feels Like The First Time," "Can't Get Enough," "Up Around The Bend," "Carry On Wayward Son," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," "Rocking into the Night," "Can't You See," "Don't Fear The Reaper," "Fool For The City" and "Flirtin' with Disaster."
No, it's not a dream, just the ultimate rock and roll getaway on the high seas -- Rock Legends Cruise II -- benefiting the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA).
So what if your voice is shot by Monday morning? You just had the time of your life. In addition to their musical performances, the artists will be mingling alongside fans during the four-day excursion. "Didn't I just see Artimus Pyle in line for the breakfast buffet?"
Just an idea of what's in store...

Rock Legends Cruise II will depart Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida early Thursday evening (January 10, 2013), then dock in Labadee, Haiti (a secure, private resort leased, managed and operated by Royal Caribbean located on the north coast of Hispaniola) the following Saturday before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Monday morning, January 14, 2013.
In between the musical performances, passengers will be able to enjoy such on board activities as surfing (thanks to the ship's FlowRider wave generator), volleyball, basketball, boxing, cantilevered whirlpools and a variety of gourmet restaurants and casual dining.
What a way to start off the new year! Book your cabin now before they're gone! Most levels are still available including interior, ocean view, ocean view with balcony and a variety of suites, with pricing beginning at $1049.00 per person (double occupancy).
For further information including specific details, ticket/cabin purchase, what's included and answers to FAQ's, please go to www.rocklegendscruise.com or call 888-666-1499.
To view the Rock Legends Cruise II commercial, please see: rocklegendscruise.com/commercials.
For information on Liberty of the Seas, please see: www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/ships/class/ship/home.do?shipCode=LB.

Rock Legends Cruise II 2013 - Complete Line-Up:
Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Kansas, Bachman & Turner, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Kentucky HeadHunters, Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Pat Travers Band, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Artimus Pyle Band, Black Oak Arkansas, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon Allman's Honeytribe, SwampDaWamp, Whiskey Myers, Fired Guns, Mike Zito, Citizens Band Radio, The Blue Lords.


INTRODUCING THE VAL:
Press Release / The Val is a new female fronted Melodic Rock band from Madrid who have just released their new CD called Back. Gabrielle de Val, Alfonso Samos and David Erick had a former band together, and after getting in touch again years later for a meal, they decided to go ahead with the project they had begun years before. A bunch of songs sprung up very quickly and spontaneously, so they were able to begin recording their CD "Back", immediately. The whole album has been composed by the three members and produced by Samos in his own recording studio. Gabrielle, who is German, has written all the lyrics in English. The result is a powerful and inspiring recording, a synthesis of the beauty of the songs and the band's masterly musical renditions. Alfonso Samos produced the album and Joe Gastwirt (Greatful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, etc) mastered it in his studio in California. The band have also released their official video for the song, "The Age of the Sun". The Val have already been included in the main music television shows, radios and some magazines all over Germany and Spain, they have been playing live at the most popular and well-known venues in Madrid many times, like Top 40's venue, 40 Caf, or one of the most important musical events, the Rock & Roll Marathon in Madrid, as well as in other Spanish cities like Barcelona, Sevilla or Salamanca.
Tracklisting: 1) A Kiss in a Dragon Night, 2) Dreaming, 3) Pay (for the lonely nights), 4) Trapped Between the Lines, 5) Johnny's Got a Red Car, 6) Hold On, 7) Back, 8) When Midnight Comes, 9) The Devil's in the Band, 10) Every Beat of my Heart, 11) The Unwritten Songs, 12) The Age of the Sun Last Breath.
WebLinks: www.theval.es / www.myspace.com/the-val / www.reverbnation.com/gabrielledeval / www.facebook.com/TheValBand / twitter.com/TheValRock / www.youtube.com/user/MultiDval.

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JEZEBETH ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE:
The Long Awaited Jezebeth Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is Now Available Worldwide via Dark Star Records and Sony Music. The Jezebeth movie has received rave reviews from the industry and from movie fans around the world for it's music and exceptional sound quality. And the Film written, Directed and Produced by Damien Dante has had record sales from its many distributors. The movie can be found on Google Play, YouTube Rentals, Amazon, Big Star TV and Both the Movie and the Soundtrack are now available on iTunes. The movie will also be included in "Super Pack Vampires" a four pack DVD available in stores everywhere on October 23rd, 2012, and then as a stand alone DVD in January 2013. The Soundtrack has 22 Mind Blowing Tracks and includes: Herman Rarebell "Ex-Scorpions", Edens Curse, Pamela Moore "Queensryche Backing Vocalist", Grigori 3, Avery Watts, Conquest, Slam Bang, Drop, House of Holland, Bloodstream Parade, Lizette "From Sweden", David Shankle "Ex-Manowar" and Supermercado. Get the Jezebeth Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Wherever Digital Music is Sold, including: iTunes, Google Music, Spotify, Amazon, Rhapsody and More!!!
Jezebeth Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Promo Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Muv_nDl57Y
Jezebeth Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Amazon: www.amazoncom/gp/product/B0097WV0RO
Jezebeth Movie on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Jezebeth/dp/B006T4IJFO
Jezebeth Official Website: www.jezebeth.com.


KISS TO HEADLINE SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2013:
You Wanted The Best, You Got the Best - Kiss comes to Sweden for shows at Friends Arena in Stockholm on June 1st, and at the Sweden Rock Festival in Blekinge on June 6th. Tickets to Friends Arena will go on sale on October 12th at 9:00 am. The tickets to the Sweden Rock Festival are already on sale. After nearly forty years, and over 90 million records sold all over the world, the legend continues to grow from generation to generation, transcending ages.
A band that has marked a line in the history of music-- there is before Kiss and then there is after Kiss. They exploded on the music scene in the 1970's. Their live shows offered a completely new way to experience music: pyro, lights and smoking guitars are just a part of the reason they have gained a reputation as the best live show on earth.
Now Kiss is back in Sweden with their 20th studio album "Monster" and to play their classic hits with all of the bombastic theatrics Kiss fans expect. The Monster album which was released last week received great reviews from all media Aftonbladet calls it "Classic Shock 'n Roll for the 2010 decade".
The devotion they provoke on their fans is unique: "Kiss Army" is one of the biggest fans club on the planet. - Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are Kiss, one of the most important and awaited visits is confirmed. Tickets to Sweden Rock Festival is for sale now at www.swedenrock.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Don Dokken joined the Dropping The Needle Podcast, www.facebook.com/droppingtheneedle, today to discuss his future plans, road stories, play us a sample of music (the song Faith) he is working on with Michael Schenker and much more! Watch it and share it! www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzC5lBh3yV4.

Rick Springfield "Livestream" Live Acoustic Session and Chat:


DECIBEL GEEK INTERVIEWS MICHAEL ROSS (GYPSY ROSE):
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Michael Ross, vocalist of the Canadian band Gypsy Rose. Decibel Geek writer Wally Norton caught up with Michael and got the inside scoop about the new album "Poisoned by Love". Included in the interview is discussion on how Gene Simmons first heard the band, recording of their debut album Prey with Simmons Records and the brand new album "Poisoned By Love" available on FnA Records.
The second part of the article is a complete review of the brand new release. Direct link to the interview: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/interview-and-review-with-gypsy-roses.html / www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.com.

CONFIDENCE TAPS KEVIN CHURKO TO MIX NEXT RELEASE:
The Swedish rockers from Confidence have just issued the following statement: "Proudly, we announce that for our upcoming release, we have decided to work with Kevin Churko for mixing the songs ! Kevin is a Canadian record producer/engineer and songwriter that has worked for some of the world's biggest names including Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Ringo Starr, Five Finger Death Punch, Hinder, In This Moment, Britney Spears and many more. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he works out of his private studio "The Hideout" on Las Vegas Blvd, where also the new Confidence songs have been mixed".
Clas Sjstrand (who was responsible for the mix on the band's first release) on Kevin Churko: "Why I took the decision to engage Kevin Churko? I have always admired and still am a big fan of Ozzy's music and the sound in particular. As the recordings came to the point where a decision had to be made who would do the mixing, the choice was Kevin Churko. I really wanted to know what would happen when a huge industry giant mixed our music, what would come out of the speakers and what sound a guy like this could create as an outsider who never heard us before. After hearing the mixes ... I rest my case .. it is so good. For the first time in my life I really enjoyed listening to myself in a band that I really care a lot for."
Confidence released their debut "Prelude" on May 23, 2012 and are releasing their albums through digital channels only with a schedule of 2 releases a year. The next release is scheduled for November 2012 and all details for this release can be expected in the upcoming 2 weeks.
For all Confidence info: www.confidenceofficial.com / www.facebook.com/confidenceofficial / Twitter: www.twitter.com/ConfidenceSWE.


Monday, October 08, 2012

RICK SPRINGFIELD TRIBUTE ALBUM - SPECIAL SALE PRICE:
With the new Rick Springfield album out this week in North America, what better time than to flog offer this special sale price on the awesome Rick Springfield tribute album Working Class Dogs - just US$10.00 + $5 shipping (worldwide airmail). Check out some tracks at: www.soundcloud.com/MelodicRock.


Tracklisting: 01) Waltham - Light Of Love 02) American Anthem - Jessie's Girl 03) Handsome Devil - Love Somebody 04) Gary Schutt - Carry Me Away 05) CJ Szuter - I Get Excited 06) The Meddling Kids - I've Done Everything For You 07) Tom Cinefro & The Rick Springfield Band - Kristina 08) Eric Martin & Vic Rivera - Souls 09) Hardway w/Thom Griffin - Stranger In My House 10) James Christian & Jeff Silverman - Right Planet Wrong World 11) 7th Heaven - Affair Of The Heart 12) Steve Newman & Vinny Burns - Human Touch 13) Brand New Machine - Calling All Girls 14) Keith LuBrant - Rock Of Life 15) Paul Sidoti - What Kind Of Fool Am I 16) Mitch Malloy & Vinny Burns - Tear It All Down 17) Barely Pink - Don't Talk To Strangers 18) Fig - Wasted 19) Clay Howard - Beautiful You 20) Endway - Living In Oz.


AVENUE OF ALLIES INTRODUCES THREE NEW TITLES:
German AOR/Melodic Rock label Avenue Of Allies has lined-up three new Melodic Rock releases, all due to be released November 2! Details as follows:

F.E.A.S.T. Strong, Wild & Free / Two years have passed since F.E.A.S.T. delivered their debut album "Rise". A busy period of time for F.E.A.S.T.'s main song writer, lead vocalist and guitar player Fabri Kiareli, who divided his time between the stage and the recording studio. With F.E.A.S.T. Fabri and his band mates Luke Ballabio (guitar), Angelo Perini (bass) and Mao Granata (drums) played 120 shows in the north of Italy and as a guitar player he was part of two successful heritage acts of the Italian Rock scene, The Trip and UT. In between his live commitments Fabri already started the pre-production of the new F.E.A.S.T. album around September 2011, but it wasn't until June 2012 before the recordings for the follow-up to "Rise" were completed.
The record called Strong, Wild and Free picks up where its predecessor left off and it expands the musical horizon of F.E.A.S.T. by adding some more melodic moments. The album proves to be a highly enjoyable blend of Fabri's various influences ranging from hard rocking tracks like the opener "Strong, Wild And Free" to the catchy Melodic Rock of "Heart and Soul", "How Long", "Gonna Fly" and "Rock 'n' Roll Flame", a future live favourite with a touch of early Giant. Additional variation is delivered with "Tell Me You're Ready", a tune cut from the same cloth as a classic MSG or UFO song and the Savatage inspired epic "Children Of Beslan".
F.E.A.S.T. are: Fabri Kiareli vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, piano, keyboards, bass; Luke Ballabio rhythm guitars, lead guitar on "How Long", additional lead guitar on "Tell Me You're Ready" and "Children Of Beslan"; Angelo Perini bass; Mao Granata drums; Guest guitar solo on "Hard Rockin' Man" performed by Ser Joe Aschieris.
WebLink: www.feastrock.com / www.facebook.com/fabri.kiareli.

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Danger Zone - Undying / When guitarist Roberto Priori started the Italian band Danger Zone in the early 80s a long hard road lay ahead of them. During their early days the band recorded various demos and went through several line-up changes, eventually releasing the LP "Victim Of Time" in 1984. But it wasn't until 1987 when they gained bigger attention in Italy from audiences and media alike, followed by live performances on some Hard Rock festivals.
Their album "Line Of Fire", recorded back in 1989, got shelved, but it reached an underground cult status when Rock magazines, fanzines and dedicated fans of the band continuously demanded its release. Finally in 2011 the "Line Of Fire" CD saw the light of day through Avenue Of Allies, carefully remastered from the original source by Roberto Priori and packaged as a Special Limited Edition.
The band already got back together in 2010 working on new material and rehearsing for live shows. During 2011 the guys worked continuously on new songs and played several gigs in Italy. Before original Danger Zone band members Roberto Priori (guitars), Paolo Palmieri (drums) and Giacomo Gigantelli (vocals) entered the studio they added new bassist Roberto Galli to their line-up. During the fall and winter of 2011 / 2012 the work on the record continued on both sides of the Atlantic with Jody Gray adding various details to the arrangements and assisting Roberto Priori for the vocal production.
Full of catchy melodies and powerful guitar riffs and firmly build on Danger Zone's musical roots of the 80s while adding a slightly modern edge and using today's state-of-the-art production techniques, "Undying" brings out the very best of the band members and the production team, a big anthemic Melodic Hard Rock album to die for.
Danger Zone are: Giacomo Gigantelli: Vocals, Roberto Priori: Guitars, Roberto Galli: Bass, Paolo Palmieri: Drums; Acoustic Guitars: Antonio Capolupo; Keyboards: Roberto Priori and Jody Gray; Cellos: The Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Ensemble; Additional Orchestrations / Arranging and Programming: Jody Gray; Background Vocals: Frank Di Minno, Jody Gray and Danger Zone.
WebLinks: www.dangerzoneweb.com.

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Sven Larsson Bad Mad Man / Sven Larsson started his recording career as a guitar player back in the late 90s, ever since he recorded four studio albums with the critically acclaimed Swedish Progressive Rockers Galleon and two with the AOR-Meets-Prog outfit Xinema. His best known work so far can be found on the albums of the Swedish Westcoast AORsters Street Talk. Sven joined main songwriter and keyboarder Fredrik Bergh (Bloodbound) and singer Gran Edman (Madison, Glory, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot) in 2000 for their second album "Transition" and so far he has recorded a total of four albums with them, including one compilation CD.
Two years have passed since his solo debut "Sunlight And Shadow", a time during which Sven worked on the songs for his sophomore record and he also became an in-demand session player for high profile AOR projects like Lionville and Coastland Ride and the soon to be released albums of Sapphire Eyes and Charming Grace.
In the spring of 2012 Sven completed the work on "Bad Mad Man", his solo album number 2. Some of the tracks are again featuring his colleagues from Street Talk, Fredrik Bergh (keyboards), Bjrn Lodmark (bass) and Christian Johansson (drums) and also the voice of Street Talk, Gran Edman can be heard on the straight forward rocking "Sin City" and the atmospheric piece "Missing Link". Vocalist Thomas Eriksson was already in the line-up of Sven's debut, while Anders hlund debuts on lead vocals on two tracks and paying a visit from the Galleon camp are Ulf Pettersson and Gran Fors. "Bad Mad Man" is a genre-twisting cauldron of well written rock songs, with a fine sense for melodies and harmonies and showcasing the excellent skills of Sven and his fellow musicians.
Sven Larsson: all guitars; lead vocals (Dance The Night Away, How Could It Come To This, Forever You & Me, The House Upon The Hill); Lead vocals: Gran Edman (Sin City, Missing Link); Anders hlund (Look The Ghost In The Eyes, Castle Of Mine); Thomas Eriksson (Bad Mad Man); Drums: Christian Johansson; Bass: Bjrn Lodmark; Keyboards: Fredrik Bergh, Ulf Pettersson, Sren Karlsson, Daniel Karlsson; Ove Lundstrm - Backing vocals, Keyboard, Bass; P-O Larsson - Steel guitar, organ, backing vocals; Totte Karlsson - Sax, Flute; Pr Forsberg - Hammond; Gran Fors - Taurus pedals.
WebLinks: www.myspace.com/svenhenrylarsson.
Label information: www.avenue-of-allies.com.

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JOHN CORABI SOLO AND ACOUSTIC ON CD & LIVE IN THE UK:
Ex-Motley Crue frontman John Corabi comes to the UK and Ireland this November in support of his brand new solo acoustic album Unplugged, which features new recordings of Motley Crue, Union, Scream material with many surprises. John Corabi has toured the world many times over with bands such as Motley Crue, having sang on their 93 self-titled album, to the likes of Ratt, Brides of Destruction, Union and ESP with Bob & Bruce Kulick (Ex-Kiss) and Eric Singer (Current Kiss / former Alice Cooper drummer).
John will be performing material from his Motley Crue / Union & The Scream days on this tour along with a bunch of other material well known to rock fans of all ages and tastes!!! Don't miss this chance to see John Corabi up close and personal this Autumn!

John Corabi Unplugged Tour, November 2012
Mon 12 - The Railway, Ipswich
Tues 13 - The Diamond, Sutton-On-Ashfield
Wed 14 - Star Of Kings, London
Thurs 15 - The Pint, Dublin
Fri 16 - Monroe's, Galway
Sat 17 - Auntie Annie's, Belfast
Sun 18 - Bannerman's, Edinburgh


GLAM ROCK ICON AND RENOWNED ACTOR MICHAEL DES BARRES TO APPEAR ON NCIS:
October 5, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed new CD release 'Carnaby Street', ubiquitous rock and roller and renowned actor Michael Des Barres will be making a guest appearance on the most watched TV show worldwide, 'NCIS' on October 9, 2012. Acting alongside show regulars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, David McCallum and Pauly Perrette, Michael portrays an ex-rock star down on his luck who gets caught up in some bad stuff. Tracks from 'Carnaby Street' will be played throughout the episode.
"I have worked on over 100 hours of television and I have never been on a set where everyone involved made me feel that I could fly with the material," says Michael, "and feel safe enough, respected enough to do good work. Mark Harmon is the Captain of a ship that sails around the television universe like the mothership of terrific entertainment."
"This is a very fun episode and Michael Des Barres brings tremendous humor and idiosyncrasy to the character he knows oh-too-well. We really lucked out having him join us." - Gary Glasberg, NCIS Executive Producer
Michael Des Barres new CD titled 'Carnaby Street' was released worldwide by Gonzo MultiMedia on July 10, 2012 and the reaction so far has been phenomenal! The album has garnered rave reviews worldwide, attracting the attention of Steve Van Zant who considers the CD one of the best releases of the year! He has been playing the songs "Little Latin Lover" and the title track "Carnaby Street" in heavy rotation on Little Steven's Underground Garage.
"The best album he's ever made He's even better than he thinks he is!" - Steve Van Zant
Michael confesses, "I am genuinely shocked and delighted at the response to 'Carnaby Street'. However, I am not surprised... There is a huge vacuum in rock and roll, a sense of joy and pleasure, a sensuality long trampled underfoot by a 'hip' reluctance to let go and let Chuck Berry, bury the self-consciousness and reticence to play music that we all can shake a tail feather too and just celebrate each other and the simplicity and sexuality of rock and roll."

Due to the popularity of the single "Little Latin Lover", Michael has decided to release a Spanish version of the song aimed at Latin American radio. "'Little Latin Lover' is a burst of rock and roll that is about a man who loses his wife to immigration deportation," explains Michael. "We recorded it in Spanish and English. It has been picked up on the radio by over 180 countries."
Here's what is being said about Michael Des Barres 'Carnaby Street':
"It really does rock!" - Steve Jones
"The album is great he is in love with life" - John Taylor
"He always sang the blues great" - Don Johnson
"The album blew my mind!" - Pauly Perrette
" 'Pain Killer' is a healing blues masterpiece" - Gabriel Byrne
"It's the real thing" - Slim Jim Phantom

Nick Cristiano of The Philadelphia Inquirer gives the album 3 stars and writes the following: "Michael Des Barres describes his new album as 'authentic rock-and-roll, based in American blues, R&B . . . three-chord, unabashed rocking music.' That pretty much nails it. The real treat here is how well the British musician and actor and his four-man band grasp those rock-and-roll basics, stirring echoes of the Stones and the Faces (with the rasp in his voice, the 64-year-old Des Barres sometimes brings to mind Rod Stewart). 'You're My Pain Killer' begins the album on a slow burn, and 'Please Stay' is a pleading, gospel-inflected ballad that sounds like a lost Stax classic. Mostly, though, 'Carnaby Street' is glorious, pedal-to-the-metal riff-rocking, played with swagger and panache and beginning with Des Barres himself and his thoroughly unpretentious, hook-heavy songs plenty of heart."
In other news, Michael Des Barres was recently invited by the well-respected entertainment website The Wrap to become a guest blogger. In a recent piece entitled "50 Years of Jack Flashers, Midnight Ramblers, Devil Sympathizers" he shares his views on 50 years of the Rolling Stones. The blog post was picked up by Yahoo and MSN Entertainment to name a few. You can read Michael's blog at www.thewrap.com/music/blog-post/michael-des-barres-50-years-jack-flashers-midnight-ramblers-devil-sympathizers-56871
On October 16, 2012 Michael Des Barres will be performing at a special event in New York City with members of the E Street Band honoring Steve Van Zandt! Along with Michael, performers include Steve Van Zandt, Jake Clemons (son of Clarence Clemons), Max Weinberg, Elvis Costello, Southside Johnny, Michael Johns, Darlene Love, Dion, Tom Morello, Jesse Malin, NYC Hit Squad and others. For more information: www.littlekidsrock.org, www.facebook.com/events/419470591445150/
To purchase Michael Des Barres Carnaby Street CD: www.gonzomultimedia.com/product_details/15483/Michael_Des_Barres-Carnaby_Street.html.
For more information: www.desbarres.com / www.mdbimmedia.com.

SPV IS OFFICIALLY OUT OF OVER THREE YEARS OF INSOLVENCY:
SPV, Hanover based Indie record company, is officially out of over three years of insolvency and presenting straight away new signings - Mono Inc and FREI.WILD

After a rigorous selection process, a joint Hanover - Hamburg investment group with strong music industry ties, has secured the acquisition of SPV GmbH and all related brands and labels, as well as its complete catalogue consisting of over 1600 album titles. This development paves the way forward to the continuation of SPV as a global music business player. The new owners' concept will incorporate the stabilization of SPV's traditionally rock roots (Motrhead, Kamelot, Sodom, Magnum, etc.). A strong emphasis will be placed on real artists and real bands - from singer-songwriters to hip-hop, raising the companies profile and developing new income streams within the music and entertainment business.
Additionally, a modern branch of fresh new German rock has already started to bare first fruits. With its first release for SPV, the young successful label Rookies and Kings under the leadship of Stefan Harder, entered the German album charts with the band Mono Inc at an impressive #6.
The label's biggest act namely the South Tyrol rock band FREI.WILD will release their new album Feinde deiner Feinde through SPV on 05 October, which is highly anticipated to top the album charts. To accomplish the set goals effectively, SPV has also invested in A&R know-how in the form of Wolfgang Funk whose impressive pass signings (Him, Guano Apes, Bullet For My Valentine, Within Temptation) have won him notoriety within the music business. The 25-year-old Martin Lanzerath, manager of Mimi Westernhagen and Felix Mayer, will be also responsible for more fresh wind at SPV.
Under the managing directorship of Errol Rennalls, the company in the near future will be relocated to the Peppermint Pavilion, ExpoPark Hanover, with its modern facilities and first class ambiance, including recording studios, event hall, restaurant, office and meeting areas. SPV is open to do business.

'On The 13th Day', the eighteenth studio album from hugely influential British melodic hard rock group Magnum, released by SPV, crashed into the European charts as follows:
#28 German Album Charts
#36 Swedish Album Charts (second week #29)
#43 English Album Charts
#57 Swiss Album Charts
.....and furthermore....
#03 English Rock & Metal Charts
#05 English Indie Charts
#24 German MediaMarkt/Saturn Charts
'On The 13th Day', boasting 11 soaring, brand new totally epic rock songs packed with hook filled choruses, glorious flowing melodies, luscious keyboards and flowing guitar licks and its no wonder that the album has already won numerous rave reviews in the rock press worldwide. Don't miss the chance to catch the mighty Magnum live juggernaut play 'On The 13th Day' live on their European tour in October/November/December.
Dates and more info at: www.magnumonline.com.

FAST MACHINE WILL BE SUPPORTING JOHN PARR:
Fast Machine will be supporting John Parr for two live shows this month. The first is at the Brixton (South Bay) in Redondo Beach, CA on Thursday October 11. By following the link below you can be placed on the Fast Machine "discount" list which will get you in for $10.00 instead of $15.00. There is no limit to the number of people in your group that can be placed on the list with you. Just include their names along with yours: www.fastmachine.net/tickets_johnparrshow.htm.
The second show is at the Henderson Events Plaza in Henderson, NV on Friday October 12. This is a free community concert presented by Target as part of the ArtBeat Series, so all you need to do is simply show up! www.hendersonlive.com/special-events/Target-presents-artbeat/
Of special note: Fast Machine will likely be joining John on-stage to perform as his back-up band for a number of songs during his own set (planned for both shows).


UPDATED UPDATE FOR MATT AND THE CITY LIMITS:
A lot of great things are happening for Matt and The City Limits. With their hit songs Crash and That Girl being aired on radio stations throughout the USA, they have been approached by Montage Cinema to have these songs added into the motion picture "Ten-Buck Baton". As of this posting, contracts are being negotiated.
Matt will also appear on the WB PIX11 as one of the co-stars of "The Carrie Diaries" which will be aired in Mid-January/Early Feb. This will premiere as a take-off of "Sex In The City" starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Last year on a stop of Matt and The City Limits- US Tour- the band performed in Philadelphia, PA at a RAW Artists function. They were received very kindly and drew a sell-out crowd at The G Lounge.
Recently RAW notified the band and told them there is a public vote to see who is "Best Raw Artist Of The Year"!!! Please support Matt and The City Limits by going to www.rawartists.org and go to Vote Now. Go to Select Market (add Philadelphia, PA) and Select a Craft (add Music) and hit GO - Then register and submit for Matt & The City Limits. On behalf of the band - Sweet Sounds Music & Management thank you for supporting Matt and The City Limits and all of our artists throughout the years. We will continue bringing you the best entertainment always! For bookings, please visit www.sweetsounds.us.

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Friday, October 05, 2012

I.T. HELP NEEDED (AGAIN):
I am more than frustrated to have to post this, but the designer of the new MR Website, Darren, has been forced to step aside due to some personal issues and is unable to commit further to completing the long awaited, long overdue new MelodicRock.com website.
It is well on the way to being done, but it does need to be completed and I need someone to work with to get that achieved before Haley's Comet makes a return run.
I need someone that can commit some time straight away and that will be willing to stay on and be on call for further upgrades and future plans that I have. I need someone that is extremely competent in the Drupal CMS, HTML5 and CSS3. Please drop me a line if you can help.

THE LATEST FROM ROCK CANDY:
The following three new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price of 10.99 each including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on October 21.

Jefferson Starship 'Freedom At Point Zero' CANDY163 / When did the roots of AOR (that's Adult Orientated Rock) actually take hold? Students and critics have spent many a conversation pouring over this conundrum but the general consensus of opinion tends to agree on two years, two bands and two songs. The year was 1978 and 1979, the bands were Toto and Jefferson Starship and the tracks, respectively, were 'Hold The Line' and 'Jane', both huge international hits that cast the mould for a future so bright that the formula was appropriated by a huge cast of characters well into the following decade. Jefferson Starship were, on the face of it, the least likely of all the established acts with roots in the 1960s San Francisco counter culture to suddenly reveal a new style and attain such unmitigated success. Of course matters were helped by a revised line-up, having recently lost mainstays Grace Slick and Marty Balin. With the appointment of drummer Aynsley Dunbar from Journey and new vocalist Mickey Thomas together with super-hot guitarist Craig Chaquico, the band headed for new pastures and came up trumps hitting the AOR bulls-eye. 'Freedom At Point Zero', originally issued in 1979, took the band to new heights of accomplishment.
Produced expertly by Ron Nevison (Heart, Survivor, UFO) the sound showcases a band with fire in their belly and a style that set fire to the American charts. And in the AOR pantheon 'Jane' remains an all-time classic.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, new interview, enhanced artwork and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Jane 2. Lightning Rose 3. Things To Come 4. Awakening 5. Girl With The Hungry Eyes 6. Just The Same 7. Rock Music 8. Fading Lady Light 9. Freedom At Point Zero.

Quiet Riot 'Metal Health' CANDY145 / For a while there, back in 1983/84, Quiet Riot were arguably the biggest band in the world. Not something many music critics like to acknowledge, but the fact is they spearheaded the wave of Los Angeles rock and metal acts which would change the face of music on both a national and international level. They were actually the frontrunners in a movement which would transform the American charts from new wave to metal, and sway the rock pendulum away from British heavy metal to American hair metal yes, an insulting term maybe, but a convenient label to characterise all that was to follow. It's easy to sit back now and feel that they made it on the back of covering a riotous (sic) Slade track 'Come On Feel The Noise' - but with royalty cheques in hand Noddy Holder and Jim Lea were surely not complaining, and neither were the millions of people who bought the 'Metal Health' album. And at the last count there were over six million of them! Let's not forget also that guitarist extraordinaire Randy Rhoads was once a member of the band before taking up a position in Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Oz, blazing a trail for Carlos Cavazo, Frankie Banali, Rudy Sarzo and outrageous frontman Kevin DuBrow to muscle their way to gold and platinum. Originally issued in 1983, 'Metal Health' is a classic slice of American metal.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 5 bonus tracks, enhanced artwork and additional unseen photos spread out over a 20 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Metal Health 2. Cum On Feel The Noize 3. Don't Wanna Let You Go 4. Slick Black Cadillac 5. Love's A Bitch 6. Breathless 7. Run For Cover 8. Battle Axe 9. Let's Get Crazy 10. Thunderbird Bonus Tracks: 11. Danger Zone 12. Bang Your Head (Metal Health) (Live) 13. Metal Health (Live) 14. Slick Black Cadillac (Live) 15. Let's Get Crazy (Live) 16. Love's A Bitch (Live).

Quiet Riot 'Condition Critical' CANDY146 / Quiet Riot's second album, 'Condition Critical', sold a huge amount of copies (in fact at the time over two million!), but, looked at from a broader perspective, it seemed to mark a significant disappointment, especially after they had turned the music scene on its head by exploding out of Los Angeles with their six million selling 'Metal Health' album. In addition, those statistic hides the fact that 'Condition Critical' is generally regarded as a much stronger work, with a reputation that has continued to grow exponentially amongst critics and fans alike. Their previous album had brought unwarranted attention from a number of detractors for their cover of the Slade track 'Cum On Feel The Noize', a massive hit single but one that, as so many were keen to point out, was not written by them. In addition, all was not well internally as the band felt (understandably) pressurised recording 'Condition Critical' in quick succession, and with a producer that they were contractually obliged to use. In addition frontman Kevin DuBrow was becoming an increasing liability, constantly berating and chastising fellow musicians from the LA scene, accusing them of riding on Quiet Riot's coat tails. Issued in July 1984, the album contained yet another Slade cover, 'Mama Were All Crazy Now' but also contained well written self-penned material, with the title track being a stand out composition, truly defining the QR sound.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, new interview, enhanced artwork and additional unseen photos spread out over a 20 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Sign Of The Times 2. Mama Weer All Crazee Now 3. Party All Night 4. Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet 5. Winners Take All 6. Condition Critical 7. Scream And Shout 8. Red Alert 9. Bad Boy 10. (We Were) Born To Rock.

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TEN "HERESY AND CREED" EPK (OFFICIAL):
The legendary British Hard Rockers Ten are back with their new album entitled Heresy And Creed. The tenth studio album of their career is released on October 19 in Europe and October 23 in North America. For more info: www.frontiers.it.


NEW STEVE HARRIS MEMORIAL CONCERT:
On the 28th of this month The Steve Harris Memorial Concert In Birmingham U.K is being held with all proceeds going to Brain Tumor U.K.


MARCO MENDOZA TO RETURN TO UK:
Following the success of his First UK Solo Tour in March 2012, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy / Whitesnake / Ted Nugent) returns to our shores this October along with his band - a formidable three piece featuring Guitarist Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Dave Mustaine) and powerhouse drummer Mark Cross (Ian Gillan, Firewind, Tank). Dates are as follows:

25 October: Mansfield, The Diamond www.thediamonduk.com
26 October: Nuneaton, Queens Hall www.queenshall.net
27 October: Ipswich, The Railway www.ipswichrailwayvenue.co.uk
28 October: Workington, The Vine Bar www.facebook.com.vinebar.workington
31 October: Southampton, Talking Heads www.thetalkingheads.co.uk
1 November: Bournemouth, The Anvil www.theanvilbournemouth.co.uk
WebLinks: www.marcomendoza.com / www.chictalent.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Todd Poole's (Roxy Blue) new band can be checked out right here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyUiBYsh6l0&feature=plcp.

Get your free Liberty n' Justice mobile app! www.reverbnation.com/mobile-app/117125/libertynjustice.

Roadkill have recently up loaded a new song called, Cocksuckers - off the upcoming album and the bands' webpage at MySpace - have banned (and since unbanned) the song! The song is the second to be issued from the bands' upcoming second album release, due in December 2012. A song/video called, Some Kinda Monster - was uploaded to YouTube earlier this year. Cocksuckers is inspired by the HBO TV series, Deadwood - a clip for the song featuring Roadkill and friends, in a western flavour has been posted to YouTube: youtu.be/rxGu3rGWOm8.

It is a great pleasure for Airless to announce that vocalist Danny Vaughn (Tyketto, Waysted and Vaughn) has worked in our fourth album which will be released in early 2013 with the label Lion Music. Danny Vaughn has lent his vocals on "Changes", the song that gives name to the album. In late October we will reveal more details of the recording and cover, which was created by an international artist.


RADIO AND PODCAST ROUND UP:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Saturday 6th October 08:00-10:00 UK Time) features two exclusive interviews. In the first hour of the show, James Rivera, vocalist with Power Metal masters Helstar, talks about the band's 30th anniversary, marked by the release of their new "30 Years of Hel" live CD/DVD, and selects two tracks from the new release.
And in the second hour of the show, Pat McManus (ex Mama's Boys, Celtus), talks about the Pat McManus band's first headlining UK tour and brand new "Live In Ireland" DVD (full details at www.patmcmanus.co.uk)
The show also features a mix of classic tracks and killer new cuts from ZZ Top, Axel Rudi Pell, Black Sabbath, Kix, Badlands, Uli Jon Roth, Angra, Evershine, Whitesnake, Svolk, Wild Horses, Hollow Haze, A Place Called Rage, the Masrhall Tucker Band, Iron Maiden, Quarterflash and more, and will be available online for streaming from Saturday 6th October at www.mixcloud.com/richdav1.

The Decibel Geek podcast has released Episode 53 Interview with Steve Coronel for downloading and streaming. In this episode, hosts Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak get a lesson in Pre-Kisstory when the interview Steve Coronel, the man responsible for introducing Paul Stanley to Gene Simmons. Also included are stories of how he met Gene on the first day of grade 7, his feelings and time with Wicked Lester, the writing of "She" and how the production of the song changed along the way, his conflicts with Paul and his dismissal from the group. Chris and Aaron also discuss his current projects and his feelings on Kiss today.
The Decibel Geek Podcast was launched in June of 2011 by Chris Czynszak, a former rock journalist and webmaster. With co-host Aaron Camaro, the Decibel Geek Podcast is quickly earning a reputation as one of the go-to music commentary podcasts on the internet. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, as well as the official Decibel Geek Podcast website. Direct Link to Episode: www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/episode-53-steve-coronel.html. To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.com.

Xander Demos will be interviewed LIVE on the Heavy Metal Mayhem Show On Sunday at 7:50 pm ET. He'll join host, Mike "The Big Cheese" for a brief interview, rescheduled from a few months back. The show starts at 6pm ET at www.theheavymetalmayhemshow.com. Also on the show will be Brian Forsythe from Kix. Mike "The Big Cheese" plays host to the "Classic 80'S Underground...Playing The Best Of All the Rest.. Heavy Metal the Way It Was Meant To Be!"
Xander Demos is a metal shred guitarist, signed to Rock 'N' Growl Records. His debut full-length release, "Guitarcadia" was mixed by Cj Snare of Firehouse. It was released to critical acclaim in late August 2012. McNaught Guitars recently completed a Xander Demos signature model guitar. For more information, visit www.xanderdemos.com.

FOCUS ALBUM RELEASE 'FOCUS X' ON NOVEMBER 5:
Legendary progressive rock veterans Focus are set to release their new studio album Focus X on November 5 via Eastworld Recordings.
With their unique progressive rock Focus manifested themselves at the start of the seventies as the most successful and the most appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports.
The band is fronted by founder and musical genius Thijs van Leer. Their hits include the instrumentals, "Hocus Pocus", "House of the King", and "Sylvia", and their timeless albums include "Moving Waves", "Focus 3" and "Hamburger Concerto".
A new Focus era has arrived. There is a rejuvenated passion in the new compositions that adorn the new album "Focus X", which features a full scale Roger Dean painting on the cover. Thijs van Leer commented "It's a thrill to have finally completed Focus X; we are all ecstatic and looking forward to playing the new material on the forthcoming Focus X Tour." This album - and the following gigs - will surprise the loyal fans. They will hear once again all the classic Focus tunes and they will be surprised at the strength and depth of the new material. "Our music is evolution, not revolution", Thijs van Leer once said about the music of Focus.
After a comeback which resulted in the well-received albums "Focus 8" and "Focus 9", the band is now back on the frontline, with a fantastic line-up. Also back on the drums is Pierre van der Linden, who is internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, and is still a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who stems from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, completes the band's current line-up.

Focus X is released on November 5 via Eastworld Recordings.
November 2012 'Focus X' UK Tour Dates:
Nov 08 Buxton Opera House
Nov 09 Hessle Town Hall
Nov 10 Glasgow The Ferry
Nov 11 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Nov 13 Wolverhampton Robin 2
Nov 14 Runcorn The Brindley
Nov 15 Barnsley Birdwell
Nov 16 Fletching Trading Boundaries
Nov 17 Tavistock The Wharf
Nov 18 Sutton Boom Boom Club
Nov 19 Milton Keynes The Stables
Nov 20 Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
WebLinks: www.focustheband.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Focus-the-band/197272485986.

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SPECIAL BENEFIT CONCERT SET FOR UK:
Rock for Anne a charity event for Christie Hospital, Manchester and Grand River Hospital, Kitchener Ontario, featuring Ten, Tigertailz, Serpentine and Summers.

From Mark Warburton: "This Benefit Concert will be dedicated to the loving memory of my Mum Anne Newton Maltby who passed away at home in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on July 17th after a courageous fight with cancer. This event brings together Melodic Rock bands from around the UK to play & pay tribute to her life, and anyone that knew my Mum knows how much she loved and appreciated everything about Melodic Rock & Metal Music. I was brought up from a young age listening to my Mum play me Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, & Led Zeppelin to name but a few, and my first concert, aged only 8 years old was at Knebworth in 1979 to watch Zeppelin play their last UK gig. From then on I was hooked & my Mum took me see the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Saxon, Def Leppard & Thin Lizzy. But the band that my Mum loved more than any other was Whitesnake, and over the years we must have seen them together over 20 times including their headline performance at Sweden Rock Festival in 2003. My Mum was also part of the Firefest Family. We attended every one and every Gods Festival prior to that. My mum was very close to Sue & Phil Ashcroft, Kieran & Evelyn Dargan, Steve Price & the whole of the Firefest Crew. She loved the new bands on the scene like HEAT, Eclipse, Vega, Houston & Serpentine so it's quite fitting that Serpentine are on the bill to play in her honour. On the night, we will have performances from Summers, Serpentine, Tigertailz and Ten all of whom have agreed to play for free to help raise money for the Christie Hospital in Manchester and for the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener Ontario which is where my mum was treated. I know my Mum will be looking downon us all on the 23rd with a big smile on her face. Rock in Peace Mum We Salute You "

Gary Hughes says "Earlier this year, my dad was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer. It was therefore impossible for me to refuse this gig, given the on-going situation in my life at the moment. My dad is currently in the Christie Hospital in Manchester and half of the money raised will be going to that hospital, with the other half going to the hospital in Canada who treated Anne. Everyone is giving their services for this event for nothing, so please embrace it, buy a ticket and give generously on the night. "I have committed Ten to headline a cancer charity gig at Maximes in Wigan. It was impossible to refuse given the on-going situation in my life at the moment."

Full details will be released by the official organisers very soon but what I can say is that it will take place on the friday after our Firefest appearance and all money raised will be split between The Christy Hospital in Manchester (where my Dad's being treated) and a Cancer Hospital trust in Canada. Everyone is giving their services free of charge so please embrace it, by a ticket and give generously on the night. Official details will follow very soon.

Jules Millis of White Widdow and Tygertailz had this to say: "I'm extremely honoured to be performing at such an important and special event, not only for all the people involved that it will benefit, but like too many others, I have also lost loved ones and of course Tigertailz lost Pepsi to cancer back in 2007. I look forward to the brilliant line up and everyone supporting this event to make it not only a success but an amazing and very special night!"
And Gareth Noon of Serpentine added "Wecan't waitto get out there and play, and to supporta great causealong with some other fantastic bands is brilliant! Cancer is something that sadly affects all our lives at some time and I hope that alongside our friends in Ten, Tigertailz and Vega that we can pack the place out and pay tribute to a wonderful person and a wonderful cause."
Summers frontman Crash said "Every member in the band has been affected by this. Whether it's a family member or a friend, so we try and support this cause as much as possible as it's so close to all of our hearts."

The concert will be called Rock For Anne and will be held in Maximes Rock Club in Wigan on Friday, November 23 from 8pm until 2am. Tickets will cost 10 including booking fee and postage or 12 on the night and will be available directly from Mark Warburton or Sue Ashcroft via paypal on one of the following email addresses: sueash2000@yahoo.co.uk or mwarburton7777@hotmail.co.uk
If you have any questions or wish to offer your time or help, please don't hesitate to contact us using the same email addresses. Many thanks, Mark Warburton and Sue Ashcroft - www.christie.nhs.uk / www.grhosp.on.ca.


NEW REVIEWS ONLINE:
Added - new Reviews for some more big releases - Rick Springfield, Ten, Night Ranger, Dare, Impera and Pink. More to come. Read the Reviews now.

MRX UPDATED:
Two cool albums added to the MRX Members Area. They are:
- Roko - Roko
- David Hallyday - On The Road (Live)
MRX Membership Info.


Thursday, October 04, 2012

SOLEIL MOON: THE MAGIC OF THE AOR/WESTCOAST SOUND IS BACK ON FRONTIERS IN NOVEMBER:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of On The Way to Everything, Soleil Moon's second album, on November 2 in Europe and November 5 in North America.
Formed by singer Larry King (whose talents did not pass unnoticed on Michael Thompson Band's last outing "Future Past") and John Blasucci (currently the keyboard player of ex STYX singer Dennis DeYoung), Soleil Moon debuted in 1999 with the independently released album "Worlds Apart". That album also included the song "I'd Die For You", later covered by Michael Kiske's Place Vendome second cd "Streets of Fire". The album made originally a big impact on Adult Contemporary radio with "Willingly," "Never Say Goodbye," and the title track, all of which ranked high on the national radio charts inside the top 10?
The follow up came about a few years after and it is called On the Way to Everything. This record features such musicians as Michael Thompson and Chris Siebold on guitar, Dave Hiltebrandt and Leland Sklar on bass and Khari Parker (plus Vinnie Colaiuta on one song) on drums. "Soleil Moon is a culmination of the best studio musicians in Chicago" says singer Larry King. "We all work together on a regular basis for other peoples projects and "On The Way To Everything" is ours. This album takes the listener on a sonic journey through modern life. Each song tells its own story and the album evokes every stage of emotion from concern, pain and reflection to love and elation. This project has been a labor of love that we are truly proud of".

The first single, "History Repeats Its Pages" has been working its way up the US National Adult Contemporary Charts and is now poised at number 8. There is also a videoclip which can be enjoyed following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RovZiCPRLKo&.
The album also gathered some independent reviews internationally including such statements as "Go and get it" from Melodicrock.it or "Highest class, melody and technique" on Hardsounds.it.
"My love of AOR I'm sure shines through in most of my productions" tells Larry King "I'm a product of the 70's and that era brought forth music that was creatively free. I'm a fan of combining as many styles of music as possible into one production that appropriately paints the picture of the story that I'm telling. I'm fortunate enough to work with musicians that provide me with a limitless locker full of musical options to choose from, which has been a dream come true as a producer".
"On The Way to Everything" is now getting a worldwide and proper release on Frontiers Records and will also feature 3 bonus tracks taken from the album "Worlds Apart", which never had an official release outside North America, including the most sought-after original version of "I'd Die For You". "This release through Frontiers is an amazing opportunity for Soleil Moon to be exposed to a larger global audience. The mighty Frontiers releases new music from the finest musicians on the planet and its an honor to be included in this arsenal of extreme talent", concludes King.

On The Way to Everything includes the following songs: History Repeats Its Pages, Love The Way You Love, On The Way to Everything; Blackbird; Goodnight Irene; Freedom; Burn; Down; Colorado; Move On; Here I Am; Ohio (bonus track); Calling On The World (bonus track); I'd Die For You (Incl. Orchestral Introduction) (bonus track)- History Repeats Its Pages (bonus videoclip).
You can enjoy the streaming of the first single History Repeats Its Pages on the Frontiers Records webradio now. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio.

Soleil Moon will appear live at :
October 5th - Millennium Club, Ann Arbor, MI
October 25th - Callahans Music Hall, Auburn Hills, MI
More SOLEIL MOON live appearances are in the works. On The Way to Everything: a true monster of an AOR album!

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RNR HALL OF FAME DESPERATELY TRIES TO HANG ONTO SOME ROCK N ROLL CRED:
It only took them a decade and a half, but finally the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame has seen to give some credit to 3 classic rock artists - Deep Purple, Rush and Heart are all nominated to be inducted to the Hall Of Fame in 2013. Of course, these 3 iconic acts couldn't be included without several more completely irrelevant and pointless names (N.W.A. for God's sake!!!! Plus Public Enemy and Kraftwerk among others). Isn't this the ROCK Hall Of Fame? Ah, who cares...there is still about 50 other acts being ignored, so I'll leave it at that.

From Rolling Stone: "This year's nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are one of the most diverse lots yet. In addition to classic rock acts such as Rush, Deep Purple and Procol Harum, the list also includes two seminal rap groups (Public Enemy and N.W.A.), two definitive disco hitmakers (Chic and Donna Summer) and two great blues acts (Albert King, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band). The nominees are rounded out by Motown's Marvelettes, the sister act Heart, tough-as-nails crew Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the masterful L.A. songwriter Randy Newman, New Orleans funk architects the Meters and the pioneering German electronic group Kraftwerk. Read on for more on each of this year's nominees."

Nominees for the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Albert King
Chic
Deep Purple
Donna Summer
Heart
Joan Jett & the Balckhearts
Kraftwerk
The Marvelettes
The Meters
N.W.A.
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Procol Harum
Public Enemy
Randy Newman
Rush

FNA RECORDS - NEWS UPDATE:
Press Release / "The Godz!!! Some of you say you never heard of them, yet others hail and revere the band like they were and are...Godz! If you ask anyone around Columbus, Ohio, who The Godz are, their response would leave you thinking as if you had mentioned the Beatles in Liverpool. They are that legendary and more so to those who know them on a first name basis. In their path lies a wake of destruction, deflowered women, and asses kicked from over-the-top live shows. Bullet-holes, broken beer bottles, motorcycle gangs, and plenty of titties are the norm when in the presence of The Godz. However, if you ask frontman Eric Moore to best describe himself amongst his gang of outlaws, he will simply say, "I am an old hippie, a hillbilly that can shoot straight."
Still you say, I haven't heard of them and what makes them stand out from the rest? Well, do you think Metallica would just take anyone out on the road? Well, let's not also forget that they have also shared the stages with Cheap Trick, Judas Priest (1st U.S. Tour),The Babys, Iggy Pop, Angel, Triumph, The Outlaws, Budgie, Nazareth, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult and many others. The Godz are known the world over, albeit in little pockets here and there, and are held in highest regard by some of rock-n-rolls finest.
The Godz were formed around 1976 in Columbus, Ohio. Rough and Rugged touring and great fan support led to the band being signed to Casablanca Records alongside labelmates Kiss, Angel, and Donna Summer. Godz fans were loyal and devout and even went by their own moniker of 'The Machines'. The band was out there kicking ass and taking names one by one; but it was one of their labelmates that would soon strike a chord with the masses. That band was Kiss and wherever Kiss went, so did the labels money. The band didn't fail, but with little funding and support, the guys were left to do it on their own. The critics never really liked The Godz, radio wouldn't play them, but middle America - they couldn't get enough!!!
The continuance of time would soon usher in a new decade and the band went on in many forms. Always the uphill battle, founding member and only original member, Eric Moore, held the band together be it with scotch tape, duct tape, glue, or plain 'ol spit and vinegar. By the Mid 80's it was evident, that through the guidance of Moore, the band was starting to shed their 70's influence. A newly reinvigorated group of guys, with new songs reminiscent of what 'hard rock eighties" was about emerged. And the result was Mongolians, the bands hardest rocking and most solid release to date.

Mongolians....where do we start? Well, if you have been looking for this hard to find gem and have been led to eBay or Amazon only to see the staggering asking price of $70.00, and then seeing it sell for that much, then you know what people think its worth. Leave it to FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net), to come in and rescue this cult release from oblivion. FnA Records has inked a deal with Eric Moore (The Godz) to release this cult album along with a bunch of never released Godz material from the vaults and even a long-awaited DVD.
Mongolians is composed of 7 tracks from the import-only album I'll Get You Rockin' (released only in Europe) and includes three new tracks (Criminal Minds, Mongolians, Burning Bridges). The original Mongolians came out in 1987 on a small indie label. What should have been destined to be an American hard rock classic only wormed its way to cult status with little label support. That's one of many reasons sellers can demand the high dollar price for it. Stealing and swapping inferior copies, which has hurt the industry, caused Eric Moore (The Godz) to come forth and re-release the project. He signed with FnA Records, who then took the album and remastered it, allowing the Mongolians to be sonically enhanced, bigger, and brighter. One fan calls Mongolians "a true recipe for rock-n-roll; a dash of boogie, a pinch of blues, a 1/3 cup of metal, and a fistful rock! Mix it all together and you have a delicious masterpiece." [says Pete L. Thompson jr.]. Mongolians is true to its meaning, "an album that rides hard and plays hard, and captures essence of gritty, gravely, Midwest rock-n-roll.
The Mongolians package is available through FnA Records (fnarecords.net) and fine retailers all around the world. Fan packages are available directly from the label website which include a t-shirt, autographed cd, and a sticker. There is also a super fan package available that will blow your mind (and wallet) - check out the site to see what it entails.

If you are unfamiliar with The Godz, check out their long, rough and tumble history that has led them to reaching cult status over the years. Check out their story at www.thegodz.us.
If there ever was a rock n roll hall of fame for the decadent society, you'd better be sure that the Godz would be there at the top of the mountain with a brew in one hand and an arm around some metal bitch, half clothed, and on the ride of her life!"
FnA Records is the home to: The Godz, Tora Tora, Dirty Looks, Roxy Blue, Roxx Gang, Gypsy Rose, D'Molls, Rock City Angels, Witch, Creature and many other awesome 80's hard rock acts. www.fnarecords.net.


KEITH SEMPLE ADDRESSES FANS:
Departing 7th heaven vocalist Keith Semple has posted a message to fans on his site. It reads:

"To my fans,
I would like to take a moment to personally inform all of you about a decision I have made regarding my musical career. After much thought and incredibly careful consideration, I have decided to resign as the lead singer of 7th Heaven. I have offered to finish out the year with the band so my last public show will take place on December 31st, 2012. I realize this announcement comes as a surprise to many of you, and it most definitely is not one I have come to lightly.

It is important to me to show my gratitude towards the people I have worked with for the last 6 years, so I would like to start out by thanking everyone involved in the foundation that is 7th Heaven. Our staff, past and present: you guys have not only made my life easier over the last several years, but everyone else in the band as well, and I'm sure I speak for the guys when I say, "Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do." The band: It has been an honor and a privilege to play with some of the best musicians in Chicago. I have enjoyed every second of our time together, and I will always be proud of the accomplishments we achieved as a band. Mark- your likeability and performance as a bass player are one of the greatest around, and I always enjoyed the random little riffs you would come up with on stage. Michael- your creativity behind the kit and meticulousness for your performance make you an incredible drummer and I enjoyed writing together. Nick- I have always loved your style of playing and admired your talent and perfectionism. Richie- your passion and dedication for what you do is highly admirable. I would like to thank you for extending an offer to me to join your band 6 years ago and giving me opportunities I could not otherwise have back home.

The 7th Heaven family as a whole has been a huge part of my life, and I will always be grateful and thankful for the times we shared together. Everybody was always nice to me and helpful in getting me on my feet when I first moved here. We have all created many fun and exciting memories to look back on that I know I will never forget.

As it stands, the plans that I envision for the future of my career have drifted from the vision of 7th Heaven. I am now 31 years old, and it is incredibly important to me to move forward in achieving my dream of notoriety and mainstream dissemination of my music that I set out to do when moving to the U.S. Although I am proud of our collective achievements the past six years, my personal aspirations are taking me down a new path. My own music has always been my priority, and for 6 years, it has only occupied my spare time. I am excited to bring this goal back to the forefront. Between May and September, it is nearly impossible for me to work on my music due to the hectic schedule. Further, since moving here I have gained a close network of friends and family. I am humbled by 7th Heaven's popularity, yet the sheer volume of our shows prevents me from participating in personal events. This is something I have taken for granted in my life the last few years.

I have selected a group of musicians to be the new members of my band, Semple, and during the next few months I will introduce each member. Since we've started practicing together, I have had the chance to hear many of my songs performed live for the first time, and it has only solidified my desire to let my music be heard. It has also given me a sense of elation and contentment that I have been missing for too long. My musical style is a departure from what we are performing as 7th Heaven, and it is time for me to look in a new direction.

Working with my new band has been a refreshing change of pace. They are four nice people who are highly talented at what they do, collaborative, and open to constructive criticism. With my own band, I empower my career and what ultimately happens to me. Yet we have a common goal and mutual determination that is fueling us. Thus, we share and listen to ideas, we take initiative and when needed, we compromise.

I am confident that all of the fans will love my new band; not only for their impeccable musical talents, but also for their personalities, style, passion and drive to succeed. I am incredibly excited to share my new adventure with the world. If anyone has come out to an unplugged show over the years and has seen me perform any of my original songs, then you know firsthand how passionate I am about my music. This is my dream and I am finally in a position to make it come true. Everybody in life at some point has a dream, whether it's to be an actor or an athlete or even a doctor. For one reason or another, our dreams often slip away from us. I have worked my whole life to make mine a reality and I am determined to pursue it. I love playing the Chicago scene should the future dictate my success is limited to this region I will be comfortable with that. Knowing I tried my absolute hardest, and did everything I possibly could to achieve the success I want provides that comfort. And knowing that from here on out, I will be playing my music the way that I want it to be played will make all the struggles worth it.

There will be many big announcements and lots of information coming out over the next 3 months. So if you are not already a fan of mine on Facebook and would like to be kept in the loop, please go to my page and "like" me - www.facebook.com/sempleband - as you will no longer be able to keep track of my career through the 7th Heaven sites. The best way, though, to stay informed and up to date on what I will be doing from here on out is to join my fan club at www.keithsemple.net. The basic membership is free and will get you on the mailing list to receive notifications and information pertaining to the launch of my new band, Semple. The platinum membership is a yearly fee of $19.95 and it will give you access to VIP events, presale tickets, early access to shows, and many other exclusive events with me as well as with Semple.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am! I can't wait to finally share my own original music and creative liberation with everyone. I look forward to finishing out the remainder of the year with 7th Heaven and seeing all of your faces in the crowd singing along to the medley and all of your other favorite songs. I will then turn to 2013, when I can finally show the world the truest definition of my being.

Thank you all for your love and support, and I cannot wait to see you at the first Semple show next year!
Love, Keith Semple."

DREAM THEATER REFLECT ON THE END OF THEIR TOUR:
The latest Dream Theater newsletter features comments from all band members on the conclusion of their latest tour. I thought the comments were interesting enough to warrant being printed here in full. They read as follows:

110 shows and 34 countries...what a Dramatic Tour of Events it's been! Another top 10 Billboard debut as well as many #1 international debuts for ADTOE, our first ever Grammy nomination and trip to the Grammy Awards Ceremony, shining revues from fans and critics alike, and it's been humbling to find ourselves in the #1 spot on so many reader's polls and journalist picks lists. Wow!! Amazing!!

Personal Message From James LaBrie:

14 months later and its a wrap. Can't help but think how true the following words describe who and what we were becoming, but against all odds, admirably managed to transcend... "divided we falter, united we conquer."
ADTOE was incredibly rewarding as a band ,individually and last and definitely not least musically. On tour we all upped our game and the band was better than ever. The band was more powerful, tight, soulful and spiritually renewed. I personally was reminded of who I once was as a singer and why I dreamt of doing this as a kid. The entire band each and every night displayed conviction and confidence that was palpable. The synergy and camaraderie was unprecedented and the fans worldwide were always eager to comment with such positive praise. The unyielding support and faith from the fans has never been taken for granted. No words truly describe how grateful and honoured we are to be recipients of such fortune and benevolence.
Our behind the scenes heroes... Manager: Frank Solomon, Business Manager: Rob Shore, Booking Agents: Steve Martin, Derek Kemp, Tour Manager: Rikk Feulner, Crew/Technicians, first name basis... TJ, Roe, Johnathan, Nigel, Maddie, Eric, Zocco, Gianluca, Brian, E-rock, Johnny, Benton, Glen, Steve. Also to the other various techs who were a part of the team at some point throughout the world tour. Thank you all for your tireless, invaluable contributions.
To my four Rock Bruthas, John, John, Jordan and Mike. As great as the last 14 months have proven it is only the first chapter of an incredible read still yet to be penned.
Lastly, my family. Karen, Chloe and Chance who keep me focused and grounded.
- James LaBrie

Personal Message From John Petrucci:

It does feel good to be home after such a busy tour and such a busy year, especially when I know that we were able to deliver the goods every night for all of you! Some of my favorite things about touring the world is getting to meet so many nice people who have the same love and passion for progressive music that we do.
We've enjoyed many great meals, glasses of wine and late night bus ride story telling sessions together as a band while on the road! It's especially been fun to have my wife Rena and three kids come out and join me a couple of times as well.
I'll never forget our trip to Rome! Even had my son Reny work for the band on our first European run. He had a blast!
We have the most incredible crew on the planet, hands down. All of those guys worked tirelessly over the last 14 months to not only ensure that we presented a polished and professional DT show every night, but that all of us were comfortable, healthy, safe and ready to rock!
I've received more complements on the live sound as well as the light and video presentation and I am so appreciative and thankful for all of the creativity, dedication and commitment our technicians have shown and shared with us each and every night.
I'll certainly miss the rush of performing on stage for all of you and all of the awesome on-stage guitar rig soundcheck "tweak time" as well! I'm such a tone addict.
What I will not miss is being away from my beautiful family! "We each pay a fabulous price for our visions of paradise".
Said so well by Neil Peart, it really sums up the sacrifice all of us make to live out our dreams.
I think what I will remember the most about this tour was how gracious and welcoming all of our fans were everywhere around the world as we introduced DT with our new drummer Mike Mangini each night, and all of the support and faith you showed us right from the beginning.
Our fans are just amazing! Loud, loud, loud and full of enthusiasm! There were some memorable moments for sure...The couple who dressed in full unicyclist garb stand out as well as those who held up score cards at one gig after we played the LNF unison. You guys are just hilarious!
I'll always remember the smiles in the crowd, the hands in the air and the defeating chants of support that filled the venues. I met so many DT fans that have been to 10, 20, 30+ shows who told me that this was the best they've seen the band yet. That means so much to me!
It was inspiring to meet people along the way who were eager to share how our music helped them through a difficult time or to deal with loss and tragedy. The healing power of music just blows me away.
I'll will never forget those stories and want everyone to know that greater things are still to come!
Thank you to my family, Rena, Sami, Reny and Kiki for always being there for me and making this life possible.
Thanks to everyone at Roadrunner Records, to our awesome manager Frank Solomon, our booking agents the great Steve Martin and Derek Kemp, our fearless tour manager Rikk Feulner, the-great-one Rob Shore and to our incredible team who works behind the scenes. Thank you to my amazing guitar tech Maddi for always having my back and most of all, thank you to everyone who came out to the shows and joined us for this crazy, awesome and Dramatic Tour of Events!!
- John Petrucci

Personal Message From John Myung:

I really enjoyed the time and energy we spent night after night in different cities around the world bringing our latest release ADTOE to life, it was simply awesome! My gratitude goes out to our amazing fans that made this all possible!
A big thank you goes out to our professional and tireless crew that looked out for us night after night making sure that we were at our very best.
Now it's time to enjoy some very much needed quality time back at home. Looking forward to the next chapter.
Be well and stay healthy!
- JM

Personal Message From Jordan Rudess:

The last 14 months have taken us all around the world and it's been an amazing adventure! We have played in a lot of familiar places but also made new friends in countries that we had never been before! As a lot of you know, I like to go out whenever possible and explore the places we visit. Walking around Jakarta Indonesia and San Jose, Costa Rica are still fresh on my mind! To me- the actual playing of the show is wonderful, but understanding who all of you are as people and experiencing the places you live is just as important!Thank you all for your incredible support. This last album and tour was so important for us because we had our latest family member Mr Mike Mangini join us on drums. It was gratifying hearing everyone scream out his name every night and feel the overwhelming joy in your hearts that you have for Dream Theater! So now it is time to decompress from a whole lot of airplane travel and hotel rooms and get my studio chops going again and most importantly, reunite with my amazing girls at home, Danielle, Ariana and Kayla!
I plan to create some new music on my own and then reunite with the boys for the next DT recording!
I'm sure you will see me on youtube/twitter/facebook etc and I know I will see all of you soon enough ON THE ROAD again!
- Jordan Rudess

Personal Message From Mike Mangini:

The close of the Dramatic Tour of Events left me with thinking of one word; Wow! My memory of it is multilayered: from receiving the invitation to audition through my gear preparation for the record, the recording, all kinds of venues, and the fans' hands in the air during the tour. My overall feeling about it stems from one thing: the fans' acceptance of me from show #1 in Rome through the last show in Brasilia.
I believe very strongly that the drummer audition documentary single-handedly communicated the entire band's true intentions that happen to perfectly match the fans' needs: for Dream Theater to continue to exist and to continue making music. Personally, I put everything on the table for all to see. Normally, I would not plan to be emotional in front of millions of people, but it was the truth. If I weren't writing this right now, I'd simply submit any picture of me behind the drums at any show and say "just look at my face and you'll know how I feel."
Performing the shows as proficiently as possible was hard work. The challenge of performing each show so the songs sounded like the recordings was evident in my inner dialog while playing. I talked to myself all night, every night with phrases like, "here comes the five thing, then the short verse" in order to remember my way through the songs. A DT show is a mental challenge far beyond what I could have imagined, but because the music feels natural to me and because the whole band would communicate onstage so much, it provided the greatest joy of my career.
Some different kinds of a challenges appeared. Managing a wrist injury meant I couldn't do extra signings or shake hands sometimes. Staying in touch with friends pretty much disappeared, but they all understood. Video calling technology was a huge help as it single-handedly allowed my family to not feel so far away.
One of the surprises of the tour was the use of the time signature tests done at the audition. Being around a group of musicians that could adapt so quickly as a unit meant that new ideas were pouring out of us at sound checks and during warm ups for shows. Seeing the guys work around a riff, drum beat or a sung melody with such direction was very satisfying and helpful to me.
Finally, I can't express my gratitude enough to any fan, anyone in the DT organization, any kind of fate, family and endorsement company support, friendships or anything that has to do with my ending up as the drummer in a band with four of the greatest human beings. One could not ever dream up working with better people on and off the stage. The entire DT organization is like this. I'm telling you this from first-hand experience after experience just continuing to be professional, pleasant and simply focused on our making more and more music that is interesting, melodic, and relentlessly "Dream Theater." The intentions of the band are so "good" that it is no wonder that music just pours out of us the second we can get to our instruments, or good times occur each time an opportunity to eat dinner together arises no matter how tired we all are.
- Mike Mangini

ACCEPT INTERVIEW ONLINE:
Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann recently spoke with the From Out Of Nowhere Podcast about the latest Accept album Stalingrad, Wolf's career as a photographer and dealing with the English language early in their career. "Our first lyrics were terrible, just disastrously bad. Udo didn't really participate much because he didn't learn English in school. That's why after we hooked up with Gaby she started writing most of the lyrics."
The entire interview can be heard at: fromoutofnowheremedia.tumblr.com/post/32809547540/episode-69-smu-with-special-guest-accept / Link for player embed: www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.fromoutofnowhere.com/Episode69.mp3.

PHOENIX RISING ADD 2 NEW MEMBERS:
Phoenix Rising, the new sensational melodic rock band formed by Titta Tani (Voice) and Paolo Caucci (Guitars) after the release of their first mini cd called Give It A Name, they get a very successful feedback from the critics as well as from the fans all over the world.
Now they announce the arrival of two new members as Fabio Capulli on bass and Maurizio Boco on drums. Both has been very busy on the italian musical scene of the last 20 years, Fabio Capulli has been a member of italian cult bands like Maskim and Mindscape while Maurizio Boco has a really rich musical background (from pop music to rock), he has been played tons of clinics releasing also instructional DVDs working at the same time with artists like Amii Stewart and Derek Sherinian to name a few! www.maurizioboco.com.
Give It A Name EP is available on iTunes & CDBaby / www.phoenixrisingband.net.


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

JIMI JAMISON MORE PREVIWS FROM NEW SOLO ALBUM:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Jimi Jamison's new solo album Never Too Late on November 2 in Europe and November the 6 in North America.
The release took a good part of 2011 and 2012 to be completed, but the final results shine! This is truly a monumental Melodic Rock album, where a stunning contemporary Melodic Rock songwriting meets Jamison's stunning vocal abilities and a massive production. This album rocks really hard at times; that's probably the heaviest Jamison has ever been involved with since the times of Cobra. Still the melodies are going to haunt you and stay in your mind for a long time.
"The songs on this cd are truly some of the strongest of my career" says Jamison. "It's a great pleasure to have songs with such power and ballads with such truth and feeling. It makes it easy to realize the emotion in each vocal. This is my favorite cd to date and "The Air I Breathe" is the most magic song for me. A track like this only comes along once in a while. Erik really hit the mark here. Brilliant writing."
Get ready for a monster of an album and a true Melodic Rock masterpiece!

BRAND NEW SAMPLES! Never Too Late samples: The Great Unknown / I Can't Turn Back / Not Tonight

xx

NIGHTWISH PART WAYS WITH VOCALIST ANETTE:
Press Release / "Another chapter of the Nightwish story has ended today. Nightwish and Anette Olzon have decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved.
In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.
Nightwish has no intention of cancelling any upcoming shows, and as a result we have decided to bring in a substitute vocalist starting in Seattle 1.10.2012. Her name is Floor Jansen from The Netherlands (ex-After Forever, ReVamp), and she has graciously stepped in to help us complete the Imaginaerum world tour.
We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone. We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together. ~ Nightwish & Anette Olzon.

7TH HEAVEN TO PART WITH VOCALIST KEITH SEMPLE:
7th heaven ends one chapter and begins a bright new one. Keith Semple will be leaving 7th heaven at the end of the year to pursue a solo career. We have been aware from the beginning that Keith would eventually follow that path, and that time has now come. It has been a pleasure to have Keith in 7th heaven. He is an excellent entertainer and his skills have complemented the other band members well. We have accomplished so many great things together and we have shared remarkable onstage chemistry.
This decision was 100% Keith's personal choice and we will support any decision that will make him or anyone in our "family" happier. So while we still have 3 months full of fall shows left, we are hopeful that you can make the time to come see the current line-up complete yet another chapter of 7th heaven history.
We have been interviewing new candidates for singing auditions. We have been on another international search to find your next 7th heaven singer. Just like we did previously when we found Keith in Ireland, and moved him here to join 7th heaven. We are confident that with our history, and current success on radio and so many stages that we will have the ability to draw the attention of some serious talent.
After the new year we will be focusing on writing and recording our 8th original CD and we'll announce our new lead singer and band mate when the time is right. We will be back in March, as January and February are filled with mostly private events. As things progress we will send updates out to our valued fans and friends through this newsletter and our website.
You can follow Keith at - www.keithsemple.net. 7th heaven will see you soon and for a long time to come.

NEONFLY TO SUPPORT MAGNUM ON THEIR "ON THE 13th DAY" EUROPEAN TOUR:
After a successful summer touring season that saw London based metallers Neonfly play some of Europe's biggest metal festivals, including Download-UK, Masters of Rock - Czech Republic, & Galapagai in Lithuania; the band are proud to announce that they will be supporting British melodic rock legends Magnum on their forthcoming European tour. The band cite Magnum as one of their key influences so to tour alongside them is a source of much pride and excitement in the Neonfly camp.
Earlier this year, Neonfly released their debut video for the song "A Gift To Remember", produced by the band themselves, which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AW_NzNarEc.
The song is taken from Neonfly's critically acclaimed debut album "Outshine The Sun", released last year via Rising Records.
The band plan to hit the studio to record the follow up in early 2013 and are currently writing, demoing material and are busy selecting a producer. With more exclusive supports and a raft of thrilling new metal tunes up their sleeves 2013 promises to be a huge leap forward for Neonfly. Guitarist/Composer Frederick Thunder says 'We look forward to seeing you on the road, it's going to be quite a ride!'

Tour dates with Magnum are as follows:
October 2012:
25th - Berlin (DE) - C Club
26th - Hamburg (DE) - Fabrik
27th - Aschaffenburg (DE) - Colos-Saal
28th - Kln (DE) - Kantine
30th - Ingolstadt (DE) - Eventhalle Westpark
31st - Mannheim (DE) - Alte Seilerei

November 2012:
1st - Bochum (DE) - Matrix
3rd - Bremen (DE) - Aladin
5th - Nrnberg (DE) - Hirsch
6th - Augsburg (DE) - Spectrum
7th - Munich (DE) - Ampere
9th - Burglengenfeld (DE) - VAZ
10th - Memmingen (DE) - Kaminwerk
11th - Pratteln (CH) - Z7
12th - Pilsen (CZ) - KD Serikovka
13th - Zlin (CZ) - Masters of Rock Caf
15th - Kerkade (NL) - Rocktempel
16th - Vosselaar (BE) - Biebob
17th - Vaural (FR) - Le Forum

Neonfly confirmed to support legendary Norwegian Metallers TNT at the Camden Underworld November 30th.
WebLinks: www.neonfly.net / www.facebook.com/pages/NeonFly/20899433540?ref=hl.


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART:
Intimate Portrait of Pop Rock Icon Rick Springfield And His Fans Opens Exclusive Engagement Wednesday, October 10 at IFC Center
Opening Coincides with October 9 Release of New Album, "Songs for the End of the World" from UMe
Rick Springfield in Person at IFC Center Wed & Thurs Oct 10 & 11

An Affair Of The Heart, a portrait of pop rock icon Rick Springfield and the fans who love him, opens Wednesday, October 10 for an exclusive engagement at IFC Centerwith Mr. Springfield himself appearing in person at evening shows on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11.
A veritable pop superstar, Rick Springfield's chart-topping 1980s classicsincluding "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart"remain some of the best-known and most-loved pop rock music ever. A Grammy-winning musician/songwriter (and occasional actor), Springfield continues to write, release new music, and perform 80-100 concerts a year. But Springfield's career is also the story of one of the most devoted and dedicated group of fans since the Deadheadsa multi-generational cross-section who still follow him all over the world. Their connection to Springfield is personal and realand, almost uniquely in pop culture, it flows both ways, with Springfield's bond with his fans just as strong and sustaining as theirs is with him.
Rick Springfield is a Grammy award-winning musician, songwriter, actor and best-selling author. To date, he has sold over 19 million records with a whopping 17 Top 40 hits. He has performed for millions of devoted fans over the last three decades and continues to play some 80 shows a year. Attracting new fans wherever he goes with his unique brand of audience interaction, unstoppable energy, and unforgettable songs, Rick Springfield is a part of the soundtrack to many lives. On October 12, 2010, his memoir titled "Late, Late at Night" was released, and instantly became a New York Times Best-Seller.
Director/producer Sylvia Caminer is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, with extensive credits in film and television. Over the past fifteen years she has filmed on five continents, directing and producing hit series for Discovery/Travel Channel, shows for TLC, WE, and Lifetime, and four narrative features. An Affair Of The Heart is her second documentary feature. The film is also produced by Melanie Lentz-Janney, a veteran marketing and communications executive and decades-long Springfield fan.

More information available at: www.rickspringfielddoc.com. IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas at West 3rd Street, box office: 212 924-7771. For showtimes, advance tickets and more information, visit ifccenter.com.

In related news, I have an update on the Japanese release of the Songs For The End Of The World album - the Japanese edition actually contains both European bonus tracks as well as its own exclusive track - so the 15 track version features the 12 tracks + My DUi, Let Me In and I Hate Myself (Acoustic). Purchase with confidence from CD Japn using this link: www.cdjapan.co.jp.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Rocket Songs Sweden have a new signing - young Glam/Sleaze band called Lipz. Lipz is a new Swedish sleaze band, inspired by the greats such as Kiss and Motley Crue, and covered in melodic hooks, which also relates them to the likes of Poison and the Alice Cooper of the 80's. It's meat and potatoes rock 'n roll with a sugary twist! Their first single "Ghost Town" is out now on all digital outlets. Here is a link to the video for the single: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGa4gnI8Pkg.
WebLinks: www.rocketsongs.se / www.facebook.com/lipzband.


Considered one of Italy's most original and intelligent up and coming metal acts; The Moor have a band ethos that is not afraid to incorporate music from any rock idiom to give the listener an original listening experience as their full length debut Year Of The Hunger showcases. The Moor incorporate sounds from prog rock, metal, death metal (for the guitars parts), seventies and alternative influences into their compositions making for a very compelling end product that will reward any open minded listener. Recommended for fans of Opeth, Day Six, Porcupine Tree etc. Set for release on 16 November 2012 get a downloadable taste of the upcoming album here - soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/the-moor-year-of-the-hunger.

Sweden's power metal masters Bloodbound send out a call to all metalheads: their new lyric video "Metalheads Unite" is a real Metal anthem, which can be found on the band's upcoming album release, "In The Name Of Metal" (out on November 9th, first edition comes as CD DigiPack): www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwhQjOyC_5w.

KING'S CALL READY NEW ALBUM, ASK FOR NEW SINGER:
German based rockers King's Call, will be in the studio with British Grammy nominated top producer Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy) to record the follow up album to their 2011 debut album "Destiny". The melodic rock outfit consisting of Greece origin and founder of the band Alex Garoufalidis (guitars, vocals), Asec Bergemann (drums) and Andreas Kramer (bass) will be recording 12 smoking classic rock songs which will be featured on the new album, working title "Lion's Den".
With the debut album "Destiny" (Mausoleum Records) under their belt the next album will be a natural progression of the band playing modern day mainstream Rock and Roll. Having said this, to the bands regret singer Rick Chase is forced to step down as to personal matters he needs to attend to first, so the search of a lead singer is on as we speak. The band prefers to have a singer hailing from North Germany but all serious candidates are welcome to apply.
See the bands video from the single All You Can Do on YouTube: youtu.be/N-MnI1Ytqno / "Destiny" is still available through Mausoleum records or the bands website: www.kings-call.com and www.myspace.com/kingscallrock.

NEW PROGRESSIVE TITLE TO CHECK OUT:
Oct. 1, 2012 - Central, NJ - The music community is buzzing with excitement about the debut CD release by guitarist Dennis Haklar titled 'Lizard's Tale', featuring guest performances by music legends Jon Anderson (Yes) and Larry Coryell. Also featuring Mark Egan on bass (known for his work with Pat Metheny) and Thierry Arpino (known for his work with Jean-luc Ponty) on drums, 'Lizard's Tale' is an enchanting, dynamic jazz-inspired album filled with emotional virtuosic performances.
"Dennis Haklar asked me to sing on his very inspired album earlier this year, we had already been working on a large scale project dealing with Ancient Asian music, so it was such fun to hear what he was creating. I said I would enjoy singing ideas as they came to me, and to join vocally with such great musicians. It has been a pleasure for me to sing on this album, I hope that people will find time to relax and enjoy." - Jon Anderson
Hailing from Amboy, New Jersey, Haklar studied jazz guitar at an early age. At Rutgers University he became interested in Electronic music and worked with a modular Arp 2600 synthesizer with many osc modules, sequencing, as well as several reel-to-reel tape machines, creating sounds in unorthodox ways. After college he joined the Improvising Structures Ensemble, which was an avant garde outfit that performed the music of John Cage, Terry Riley, as well as original compositions. Dennis entered one of his pieces into a young composers competition and won a student membership to IRCAM in France. This culminated in a master class with Pierre Boulez at Carnegie Hall; an evening he conducted and premiered his masterpiece "Explosante Fixe". Haklar confesses "I was never the same after that divine experience!"

And how did Dennis Haklar secure such music icons as Jon Anderson and Larry Coryell to perform on his debut album? Dennis explains, "A few years ago I began to collaborate over the internet with Jon Anderson on a large-scale work. Charka Music, very involved. I had also sent him some music I had written. He sang on several pieces and we continue to collaborate. When I was working on composing the music to 'Lizard's Tale', I had sent Jon four compositions we had just recorded in the studio 'Leap Of Faith', 'Prelude To Dawn', 'Dawn Of An Era' and 'Crossing Over'. He quickly responded with the perfect vocal tracks and really helped convey the meaning of the songs. I love working with Jon!" As far as connecting with guitar legend Larry Coryell, says Dennis, "I had known Larry Coryell for several years studying jazz improvisation and composition with him. I had presented some songs to him that I was preparing for this project and asked if he would be interested in playing on the recording session and producing it. He agreed and we got to work straight away. We had composed the title track in one sitting. As the project developed we had agreed that the best rhythm section for this would be bassist Mark Egan and drummer Thierry Arpino."
"This was a great session - it was a real 'Jersey-New York' thing complete with bedbugs in the hotel down the street from the studio, which was either too hot or too cold - plus there was all kinds of equipment and mechanical problems. Nothing went smoothly - hence it was a great record, sometimes it's like that. Dennis's European-inspired work ethic also paid off - especially for his compositions and arrangements. One twelve-string part he wrote for me was not easy to play, and he was makin' me sweat - but I got it after he showed me the correct fingering. Mark Egan and Thierry Arpino were superb - we've been playing together for some years now, and they are a tight team. I was blown away by the beautiful contribution made by the great Jon Anderson - I've always been a fan, and he certainly has evolved to a special place in the vocal spectrum. And so in tune!! It was a crazy session - and a good one - that's why I nicknamed this date as 'Denny and the Mad Hungarians'." - Larry Coryell
The concept behind 'Lizard's Tale' is awareness. The lizard represents friendship, and is quick to escape from harm's way. The lizard can survive for long periods of time in harsh environments. The pieces on 'Lizards Tale' evoke the ability to look inward for peace and harmony with the universe, to flow with it. "Leap Of Faith" is about courage to face the unknown and leap without fear. "Dawn Of An Era" is about the realization that this is not the same world as your fathers and we must adapt to survive, like the lizard. As the lizard runs across the desert, he looks to the heavens and dreams of crossing over. We journey with the lizard.
In closing, Dennis has this message to impart to his listeners: "Look inward to find that place of peace. Move towards the realization that we all come from a place of love. There are always conflicts surrounding. Unrest is an ever-changing world. Let go of bad energy and amp the good. My wish is that people hearing the music will become a part of it, and allow it to become part of them."
To purchase Dennis Haklar 'Lizard's Tale' CD: www.abstractlogix.com/xcart/product.php?productid=25585&cat=0&page=1 / CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/dennishaklar / dennishaklar.com.

TOMMY EMMANUEL AND MARTIN TAYLOR LIVE IN UK:
Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor are pleased to announce "The Colonel & The Governor UK Tour 2013". A forthcoming collaborative acoustic album of the same name is scheduled for UK release in February 2013. The 16-date tour, which sees both guitarists playing together and separately, starts March 7 at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com.
While they are both serious "men of letters" with Tommy Emmanuel being an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM) and the holder of an honorary masters (MA) and Martin Taylor being an M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire) and holder of two Honourary Doctorates, they honour each other affectionately with these titles. Both acoustic guitarists are leaders of music in their respective countries - Australia and the UK. Call it a British Commonwealth thing.
Known for his complex finger-picking style, Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist who performs energetic concerts, and is highly regarded for the use of percussive effects on the guitar. In 2008 and 2010, Guitar Player Magazine's Readers Poll voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist. Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him, "the acoustic guitarist of his generation."
Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre (March 7)
Gateshead, The Sage (March 8)
Manchester, Bridgewater Hall (March 9)
Wolverhampton, Robin 2 (March 10)
Barnstaple, Queen's Theatre (March 12)
Exeter, Corn Exchange (March 13)
Bristol, Colston Hall (March 14)
London o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (March 16)
Folkestone, Leas Cliffe Hall (March 17)
Crawley, Hawth Theatre (March 18)
Ipswich, Corn Exchange (March 20)
Chesterfield, Winding Wheel (March 21)
Halifax, Victoria Theatre (March 22)
Ulverston, Coronation Hall (March 24)
Aberdeen, Lemon Tree (March 26)
Edinburgh, Queen's Hall (March 28)


Monday, October 01, 2012

LION MUSIC CALLS TIME ON SPONSOR DEAL WITH MELODICROCK:
I am very sad to announce that after a decade in partnership, Lion Music will no longer be a sponsor of MelodicRock.com. I must thank Lasse and the label for being with me so long and would like to add that dealing with Lasse was always a great pleasure and I congratulate Lion for the great releases they have brought out over the last 10+ years.
I'm sad to say that once again, the realities of surviving the music business in the current climate have caused Lion Music to reconsider their expenditure and make cuts where possible. I wish Lasse and Lion all the best - I'll continue to feature the latest news from the label and their artists here, but no more preview Showcases etc. Unfortunately this decision has placed further pressure on the financial viability and operation of this site. I continue to spend time on ideas for the future. The whole music business is truly in uncharted territory right now.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Final Frontier frontman Rob Moratti sent me a brief update on what's coming up for the band's new album: "I've been writing and recording all summer and it's gonna be big. From the uptempo's to the ballads...it's all really good! I just thought I'd share the great news that the next Final Frontier record is gonna seriously ROCK! It's confirmed in Japan for the release on March 21, 2013. Just waiting for the European date now. This one will be our best and the production will be huge."

Multinational heavy metal band Raven Lord are broadcasting their first episode of their podcast on YouTube. With the title Raven Lord TV comes an introduction episode that explains the beginning of the band as well as answers questions to the current status. Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) singer and founder for the band Raven Lord talks about the current line up, pre and post production and preparation for the coming up tour and festivals in 2013. The video also contains a little "sneak peek" music of the recently recorded debut album "Descent to the Underworld". The video can be streamed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdpcvesqVVk.

Death Of Me, a brand new song from German heavy rockers Pump featuring ex-Brainstorm singer Marcus Jrgens, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The track comes off the band's new album, Waiting for The Rapture, which will be released later this year. Pump - Death Of Me: soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/pump-death-of-me.

Italian metal band Secret Sphere, who recently announced Michelle Luppi (Ex-Vision Divine/Ex-Thaurorod) as new vocalist, is streaming the new track The Fall. The track will appear on the band's new LP Portrait of a Dying Heart. Check out "The Fall": soundcloud.com/scarlet-records/secret-sphere-the-fall. "Portrait of a Dying Heart", the band's seventh LP, is scheduled for a 2012 release date through Warner Music (Japan), October 24., 2012 and Scarlet Records (Rest of World), November 25, 2012. The CD will feature a 40-page booklet, including the novel "She Complies With The Night" on which the album is based.

Rivera Bomma are Back!!!! New Jersey Hard Rockers Rivera Bomma featuring Mike LePond of Symphony X are once again rockin & rollin with new CD Infinite Journey of Souls slated for release by Christmas time via Retroactive Records. Samples of songs from "Infinite Journey of Souls" can be found here: www.youtube.com/user/theworldmusicinc.
Metal Pulse Radio will premiere the first single "Empty Desire" on Thursday October 4th From 7-9pm (EST) on: untombed.com/radio. Rivera Bomma is also booking selected 2013 national & International touring dates to promote "Infinite Journey of Souls" for more info email : booking@silentplanetpromotions.com. For the latest on Rivera Bomma visit: www.facebook.com/rivera.bomma and www.facebook.com/riverabomma.band.

INTERVIEW BRIEFS:
Triumph bassist Mike Levine will guest on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, October 1st, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, also streaming at whus.org/listen-live and on your smartphone using themyUConn app.
Caffeine Bomb is hosted by Roger Lotring, an author and freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the pages of Metal Hammer, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Prog, Revolver, Shock Wave, Zero and Burn magazines, and at ESPN.com and CMJ.com.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CaffeineBomb.radio or WHUS.org.

Those interested in X-UFO can read a new interview with Danny Peyronel: www.mainlypiano.com/Interviews/Peyronel,_Danny_9_12_MD.html.

Virtuoso guitarist and composer Steve Vai recently spoke to Randy Falsetta of Splash Magazines Worldwide regarding his current tour including the EVO Experience, his signature series Ibanez Gem, his Favored Nations label and much more. Listen in to the audio interview here: www.randyfalsetta.com/#!audio-interviews.

The Decibel Geek podcast has released Episode 52 Radio Revisited 1991 for downloading and streaming. In this episode, hosts Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak take us back to 1991, and not just for another year in review show. This time it seems they have found an episode of the podcast actually recorded back in 1991?!? It appears that back in 1991, Aaron got an F on his history test, Guns and Roses are as tight as brothers and Chris and Aaron spin some great songs from Skid Row, Pearl Jam, Ugly Kid Joe, Ozzy Osbourne and the aforementioned Guns and Roses. A parody look back in time to our much younger hosts as they somehow recording podcasts before most of us had even heard of the internet!
The Decibel Geek Podcast was launched in June of 2011 by Chris Czynszak, a former rock journalist and webmaster. With co-host Aaron Camaro, the Decibel Geek Podcast is quickly earning a reputation as one of the go-to music commentary podcasts on the internet. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, as well as the official Decibel Geek Podcast website.
Direct Link to Episode: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2012/09/episode-52-radio-revisited-1991.html / To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.com.

SILENCER RELEASES THE GREAT BEAR FULL ALBUM STREAM THROUGH BLISTERING.COM:
Colorado metallers Silencer have released their third full length effort, The Great Bear, through Vanity Music Group. The band, who throughout their career, have released a series of Ep's, full length and compilation albums in the thrash realm have fallen back on their 70's and 80's influences for The Great Bear. "We were aiming to bring a bit more rock back into metal without sacrificing any punch; things like big choruses and hooks as opposed to our previous works' all out intensity and such," says frontman and guitarist, Keith Spargo. "We were definitely influenced by concept albums such as Rush's '2112' and Queensryche's 'Operation: Mindcrime' (among others) in putting together our story. This album musically is more denim, spikes, spit and vodka than anything we've done."
Conceptually, Silencer takes a look at the U.S-Soviet space race of the 1950s/1960s and asks some 'what if' questions:
"Lyrically, we rewind back to space race era Soviet Russia, and we chose to take a fictional turn towards what would have happened if the Russians chose to one-up the American's moon landing by going somewhere further," says Spargo. "We tell the story from the Russian perspective, and try to capture the mentality of a union that could mobilize their entire population to achieve a goal, and also from the perspective of a member of this mission. This sort of story almost wrote itself, and its mood lent us to write some more straightforward yet very heavy tracks. It's definitely more thematic than prior releases, but aims to get to the point and tell a large story fairly efficiently."
The Great Bear is streaming in full all week at: www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/templateid/4838 / The album can be purchased on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-great-bear/id565997574 / Physical copies can be ordered from: www.vanitymusicgroup.bigcartel.com/product/silencer-the-great-bear.

CD SHOWCASE UPDATED:
The CD Showcase has been updated with all the expected October releases from Frontiers Records - Night Ranger, ELO, Neal Schon, Ten and Jeff Lynne. Some big titles there. Check them all out now.


Friday, September 28, 2012

ELO DEBUT NEW 'MR. BLUE SKY' VIDEO:
The new video for ELO's classic song 'Mr. Blue Sky' featured on forthcoming LP 'Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best of ELO', out October 8th (Oct. 5th in Germany and Oct. 9th in North America) on Frontiers Records has premiered exclusively on www.thequietus.com.
An animated trip in Technicolor with Jeff Lynne at the helm, watch the video here: thequietus.com/articles/10161-watch-electric-light-orchestra-very-best-of-mr-blue-sky-jeff-lynne-long-wave.
Jeff Lynne is the legendary founder of Electric Light Orchestra and collaborator and producer of many greats including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty and Joe Walsh.
On October 8th he releases solo disc 'Long Wave' on Frontiers Records in the UK, his first in over 20 years and a heartfelt and vivid tribute to some of the songs that originally inspired him, including a few of his favourite gems from the 60s, such as the first single 'Mercy, Mercy,' as well as 'Let It Rock' and 'So Sad'.
To celebrate the Electric Light Orchestra's 40th anniversary, Jeff Lynne has revisited and recorded brand new versions of some of their back catalogue for Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra, out on October 8 in the UK via Frontiers Records.
These two releases are also available in limited edition vinyl.

Meanwhile, Lynne's illuminating and entertaining documentary Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO gets to the heart of who Jeff Lynne is and how he has had such a tremendous musical influence on our world. The answer-- as told by the British artist himself and such distinguished collaborators and friends as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Barbara Orbison and Eric Idle is that Lynne is a true man of music for whom the recording studio is his greatest instrument.
All this marks the 40th anniversary of ELO, a legacy which will be further celebrated with releases in 2013 including 'ELO Live!' plus expanded reissues of ELO's 2001 album 'Zoom' and Lynne's first solo album in 1990, 'Armchair Theatre'.
WebLink: www.elo.biz.

R.I.P. SIMON OBERENDER:
Frontiers Records [and MelodicRock.com and readers] wishes to express its condolences for the tragic passing of Beyond The Bridge guitar and keyboard player Simon Oberender.
Oberender was also the keyboardist for Amanda Somerville's band Trillium and worked in the Gate Studios in Wolfsburg as a sound engineer and producer. He recorded, mixed, mastered (together with Sascha Paeth) and produced Beyond The Bridge's debut album The Old Man And The Spirit.
Oberender appeared on several other albums, including Avantasia's 2010 releases 'The Wicked Symphony' and 'Angel of Babylon,' Edguy's 'Age of the Joker' (2011), Epica's 'Requiem for the Indifferent' (2012), Rhapsody of Fire's 'The Frozen Tears of Angels' (2010) and Kamelot's 'Silverthorn,' which will be released next month.
As an engineeer, Oberender worked on albums by Avantasia, Destination's Calling, Edguy, Epica, Mayan and others.
May he Rest In Peace.

AOR BRING FANS SOME L.A TEMPTATION NOVEMBER 23:
Frdric Slama started his career in France but lived in L.A. for more than 10 years where he became friend with many famous artists & studio players. After releasing a couple of solo albums in the 80's, Frdric decided to start a "one man band". This marked the birth of his project AOR, always using the cream of U.S session players. In 2000, the first album L.A Concession was released and gave Frdric a big respect in the Westcoast / AOR music scene. The second album Next Stop L.A was released one year later and again featured the help of several top session players.
It was in 2002 that Frdric took AOR to a new dimension with the critically acclaimed third album L.A Reflection, which was considered to be the best Westcoast CD of the year by many journalists and fans alike. It featured all the big names in the music industry including Steve Lukather, Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro, David Paich (all Toto members) and a line-up of stars like Tommy Denander, Gran Edman, Michael Landau, Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Ruff, Bruce Gaitsch, Rick Riso and lots of other top L.A. artists. The album became a huge success and was co-produced by AOR-legend Tommy Denander and world famous L.A. producer David Diggs.
In 2003, Frdric Slama was back with another great CD, which again featured the best musicians any Westcoast and melodic rock fan could possibly imagine : Bill Champlin (Chicago), Steve Overland (FM), Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Landau, Bruce Gaitsch, Brandon Fields among many others and two Westcoast legends who hadn't recorded anything for over 20 years: David Roberts & Dane Donohue! This album was called Dreaming Of L.A and again co-produced by Tommy Denander and David Diggs.

In 2004, Frdric released Nothing But The Best, an album featuring the best songs from his previous CDs, fully remastered by Tommy Denander plus 3 brand new unreleased tracks featuring Fergie Frederiksen (Toto) and Dane Donohue on lead vocals. During the next years until present AOR put out more successful albums including L.A. Attraction (2006), L.A Concession (re-release, 2006), Journey To L.A (2009), L.A Ambition (2-CD, 2010) and The Colors Of L.A (2012) The same year, Frdric took time to write & produce Outside Heaven the 1st album of a new band called Chasing Violets, two sisters singing with the cream of the Melodic Rock world. In September 2012, Yesterrock re-released the rare, sought after albums L.A Reflection (plus 4 bonus tracks) and Dreaming Of L.A (plus 6 bonus tracks). Both CD's were remastered.

Now Frdric Slama's AOR project is back with a new album called L.A Temptation, featuring an impressive list of guests such as Tommy Denander, Paul Sabu, James Christian (House Of Lords), Philip Bardowell (Unruly Child), Jerry Hludzik (Dakota), Gran Edman (Crossfade), Chris Ousey (Heartland, Virginia Wolf), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Hank Erix (Houston), Joey Summer, Rick Riso, Michael Landau, Mike Baird, Christian Tolle, Bruce Gaitsch, Alessandro Del Vecchio & all Lionville members & many more. For this 11th album, the sound is heavier than before and the first class production will make you shiver. Fans of Toto, Survivor or Journey won't be disappointed with great melodies and fantastic musicianship. Without a doubt of this year's finest AOR releases!

Tracklist:1. No Margin For Error, 2. Above Suspicion, 3. From L.A To Paris, 4. A Heartbeat Away, 5. Silent Victory, 6. No One's Gonna Hurt Me Anymore, 7. Second Chance At Love, 8. Out On The Streets, 9. Hold Back The Dawn, 10. The Price To Pay, 11. Outside Heaven, 12. When Darkness Falls.
Soundfiles in advance: A Heartbeat Away / No Margin For Error / A Silent Victory.
Web: www.slama101.fr / aorheaven.com.

xx

AVENUE OF ALLIES PRESS RELEASE - HARTMANN LAUNCHES VIDEO:
German four-piece Hartmann have completed the clip to All My Life, the opener of their critically acclaimed album Balance, which was released on June 1st through Avenue Of Allies.
The video was shot in August on a day off while the band was on tour with Toto. The band has lined up more live dates for the fall, including a double headliner tour with Jaded Heart.
Direct link: youtu.be/aSSbPmgnYfg.
WebLinks: www.oliverhartmann.com / www.avenueof-allies.com.


NEW PRESS RELEASE FOR LED ZEPPELIN RELEASES:
Led Zeppelin's historic 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena opens on 1,500 screens in 40 markets worldwide for an encore performance on October 17, 2012
When Led Zeppelin came together in December of 2007 to perform a one-night-only reunion concert at London's O2 Arena in tribute of their friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, more than 20 million fans applied for the 18,000 available tickets in a worldwide lottery. It was the first headline show for the band in 27 years, and what fans had hoped would kick off a reunion tour would instead become a part of the Led Zeppelin mythos.
Omniverse Vision is set to release Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll, on 1,500 screens worldwide for a one-night-only encore performance on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Fans in 40 territories around the globe will now be able to experience the legendary 2007 reunion concert from a front-row vantage. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, along with Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, perform 16 songs from their iconic catalogue.
The set list includes: 1. Good Times Bad Times 2. Ramble On 3. Black Dog 4. In My Time Of Dying 5. For Your Life 6. Trampled Under Foot 7. Nobody's Fault But Mine 8. No Quarter 9. Since I've Been Loving You 10. Dazed And Confused 11. Stairway To Heaven 12. The Song Remains The Same 13. Misty Mountain Hop 14. Kashmir 15. Whole Lotta Love 16. Rock And Roll.

"Led Zeppelin makes more rock 'n roll history with the phenomenal concert film of their 2007 London reunion," says Grant Calton, Omniverse Vision's CEO. "Omniverse Vision is hugely excited to be the global theatrical distributor of Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day - it promises to be the cinema event of 2012." Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day will be presented in high definition with surround sound in movie theatres for a limited time. Tickets are limited. A list of theatres that will be showing this extraordinary concert event can be found online at www.ledzeppelin.com.
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19, 2012 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records. Specific product details will be announced soon.
Led Zeppelin has also been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. The band is set to receive the Honors at the annual gala on December 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Watch the Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day trailer on YouTube.
Watch the live press conference with John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in London to announce the release of Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day on YouTube.
WebLink: www.ledzeppelin.com.


SOULSPELL: NEW TRACK POSTED ONLINE:
The Brazilian power metal opera project Soulspell have uploaded the track "Change The Tide" on YouTube. The track comes off their up-coming album "Hollow's Gathering" that will be released on October 12th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Link to the track on YouTube: youtu.be/ys1_lR_KY6I. "Hollow's Gathering" feat. guest appearances by Tim "Ripper" Owens [ex. Judas Priest, Iced Earth], Blaze Bayley [ex. Iron Maiden], Michael Vescera [Obsession, ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen], Amanda Somerville [Trillium, Avantasia], Markus Grosskopf [Helloween] and many more. The album was mixed by Matt Smith [Theocracy] and mastered by Miro at The Gate Studio [Avantasia, Kamelot, Rhapsody]. Artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth].
"Hollow's Gathering" is available for pre-ordering at the Inner Wound Store: www.innerwound.bigcartel.com.
Soulspell online: www.soulspell.com / www.facebook.com/soulspellmetalopera.


MRX UPDATED:
Another two features added to MRX today -
- Feature Album: Andy Qunta - Legend In A Loungeroom (80s Feature Album)
- Hearts Of Fire - Original Soundtrack (feat. 4 Fiona tracks)
MRX Membership Info.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

ISSA TO REVISIT A DOZEN AOR CLASSICS ON HER NEW ALBUM 'CAN'T STOP':
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Issa's third album entitled Can't Stop on November 2 in Europe and November 5 in North America.
Can't Stop is a very special album for Issa, since it includes some blistering versions of carefully selected hidden AOR gems that the singer treats her own way. These tracks have been originally included on albums by Mark Free, Aviator, 21 Guns, Atlantic, Regatta, Worrall, Blvd, Tower City and other AOR luminaries.
Issa has created her own style and approach to Melodic Rock by mixing her peculiar and unique melodic sensibility with a rocking attitude which is unseen in today's Pop singers: real rock with a commercial sheen. These reworking's show how Issa is at ease when working on classic AOR musical material.
"Serafino at Frontiers came up with the concept of me recording an album of some loved and cult melodic rock songs and sent me through the song choices" says Issa "Some I was familiar with, like Tower City's "Surrender" and Mark Free's "State of Love", but several others were new to me. I thought the songs that suited me best are "Just a Wish" and "These Eyes" originally recorded by 21 Guns. They have nice structures and ballad like intros that build to a big chorus. Can't Stop is a great rocker too and I love the melodies and lyrics in the Tower City track".
Issa versions of these amazing tracks ooze class and update to the modern day some truly immortal melodies with some masterful arrangements provided by producer Alessandro Delvecchio (Hardline). Since her debut "Sign of Angels", Issa has often been compared to such music stars as Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Amy Lee (Evanescence). Though she is now ready to take her legitimate place in between the great AOR chanteuses such as Ann Wilson and Robin Beck. "Can't Stop" shows that Issa is a solid Rock Music star and a true uprising Rock diva, who is set to alight hearts and minds of Melodic Rock fans for the years to come.
"Promoting this album is my priority for now with some live dates around Europe" concludes Issa. "I have 3 albums now so my set is really cool. I've been doing a lot more songwriting as well for my next original album which i hope we can start working on at some point next year".

Can't Stop includes the following tracks: Can't Stop; Power Over Me; Wherever I Run; Just A Wish; If You Ever Fall; Do You Ever Think Of Me; Dream On; Stranded; Heat Of The Night; I Won't Surrender; State Of Love; These Eyes.
Click to view a the album EPK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji_4MCd6z2E
You can enjoy the first single "Can't Stop" streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio.

ISSA: Issa (Isabell Oversveen) - Lead Vocals; Alessandro Del Vecchio Keyboards; Mario Percudani Guitars; Anna Portaluppi Bass; Alessandro Mori - Drums.

xx

Frontiers Records have also uploaded their latest promo trailer for their September releases which have just been released:


REVIEWS UPDATED:
A few new Reviews have been added to the site today - Pride Of Lions, Dokken, Magnum, Threshold, Bonrud, Redline and Kix (live). Check them out now and expect more shortly.

NEW AOR MAGAZINE ISSUE DUE DECEMBER:
Folks have been asking after the Classic Rock Presents: AOR magazine. Good news is that the magazine returns for 2 all new regular issues - one due December and the second in the first quarter of 2013. Stay tuned for details.

BRYAN ADAMS RE-ISSUES OUT THIS WEEK IN JAPAN:
Bryan Adams is the subject of a catalogue overhaul in Japan, with 9 previous studio albums all getting Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) treatment. All 9 titles feature bonus tracks and will be released this week.
Bryan's classic first 6 albums (all essential) feature the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players) and new 2012 96kHz/24bit remastering based on the original analogue master from the Japanese edition LP. The cardboard sleeve faithfully replicates the Canadian LP. Includes a serial-numbered label card and an obi reprint from the Japanese first pressing LP design.
Titles and bonus tracks are as follows:
Waking Up The Neighbours - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Spanish Version)
Into The Fire - Heat Of The Night, Hearts On Fire (Both From the 1988 release Live Live Live), Run Rudolph Run
Reckless - Diana, Christmas Time, Reggae Christmas
Cuts Like A Knife - Take Me Back, The Best Was Yet To Come (Both From the 1988 release Live Live Live)
You Want It You Got It - Fits Ya Good (From "Live At The Budokan" 2003)
Bryan Adams - Remember (From "Live At The Budokan" 2003)

His more recent 3 studio albums are also being re-issued, but without the new mastering. The bonus tracks are:
On A Day Like Today - She Believes In Me, I Love Ya Too Much, What Does It Do To Your Heart (studio bonus tracks)
MTV Unplugged - Back To You (Original Demo Version), (I Wanna Be Your) Underwear (Unplugged)
18 Til I Die - Low Life, I Want It All, Hey Little Girl


PAUL DIANNO AND BLAZE BAYLEY HIT AUSTRALIA TOGETHER:
Hardline Media proudly presents Paul Dianno and Blaze Bayley former vocalists of Iron Maiden performing together for the first time ever in Australia and New Zealand. In a world exclusive, for their co-headlining sets both singers will be belting out only Iron Maiden songs classic tracks from their respective albums with one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world. This promises to be a must-see event for any fan of Iron Maiden and heavy metal!
The tour will also mark Blaze Bayley's first time Down Under, taking himself and Di'Anno all across Australia (including regional NSW dates) and New Zealand in late November/early December. While Di'Anno has successfully toured Australasian shores previously, it will be his first performing solely Iron Maiden songs.
Both artists have released a wealth of their own successful solo material, but as a special treat for Maiden fans, to make this tour special they have agreed to only perform Iron Maiden tracks.
The majority of these songs are hardly ever played live anymore by Iron Maiden, so fans will have the rare opportunity to hear them performed by the legendary vocalists who first recorded them. This will be a dual headlining tour whoever goes on last each night will be determined by the toss of a coin before the show. Fans are encouraged to get there early so as not to miss a minute of this special event.

Iron Maiden are one of the biggest names in heavy metal and the music industry as a whole. As leaders of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement in the early eighties, they would go on to become one of the biggest and most successful heavy metal bands of all time, influencing countless acts that followed and selling over 100 million records worldwide. As the original singer of Iron Maiden, Paul Di'Anno's unique and aggressive vocals featured on their first two ground-breaking albums the self-titled debut (1980) and its follow-up Killers (1981). Both releases are widely regarded as classics and have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. When Di'Anno's successor Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden in the early nineties, Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley was selected to front the band out of hundreds who auditioned. Blaze would record two albums with Iron Maiden 19955s The X Factor and 1998s Virtual XI helping to ensure Iron Maidens prominence during the nineties when heavy metal was at a low point.
Two legendary vocalists together in Australia and New Zealand for the first time performing NOTHING but Iron Maiden (with likely a few surprises such as sharing songs thrown in as well). This is a must-see event for alll heavy metal and hard rock fans.
* Special, extremely limited VIP tickets are available. These will gain you entry to the show, a VIP laminate, a few goodies, as well as the once in a lifetime chance of meeting both Paul Dianno and Blaze Bayley before the show get photos, get stuff signed, have a chat!

Promo Video For Tour: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEUMEFNlJRo / Tickets available through www.hardlinemedia.net.

Paul DiAnno and Blaze Bayley Australian/NZ Tour:
Thur 22 Nov Melbourne The Hi Fi www.moshtix.com.au Supports: Nothing Sacred + Hazmat
Fri 23 Nov Hobart The Brisbane www.oztix.com.au Supports: Hazmat + SmokeStack
Sat 24 Nov Perth The Civic www.moshtix.com.au Supports: Psychonaut + Silent Knight
Sun 25 Nov Adelaide Fowlers All Ages www.moshtix.com.au www.venuetix.com.au Supports: Octanic + Matterhorn
Mon 26 Nov Brisbane The Hi Fi www.moshtix.com.au Supports: Inhailed + Hazmat
Thur 29 Nov Newcastle Cambridge www.bigtix.com.au Supports: Hazmat + Atomesquad
Fri 30 Nov Sydney Manning Bar www.oztix.com.au Supports: Stand Alone (ex Rose Tattoo) + Hazmat
Sat 1 Dec Canberra The Basement www.moshtix.com.au Supports: Hazmat + Deprivation
Sun 2 Dec Wollongong Waves www.moshtix.com.au Supports: Hazmat + Dragonsclaw
Fri 7 Dec Wellington Bodegas www.undertheradar.co.nz Supports: Hazmat + Bulletbelt
Sat 8 Dec Auckland Kings Arms www.undertheradar.co.nz Supports: World War Four + Hazmat

X-UFO PREP THEIR STUDIO ALBUM:
Following a run of blistering and well received Summer Festival dates around the UK, X-UFO are now back with a BANG!!! After much speculation, X-UFO are pleased to announce the Worldwide Release of their first self-penned track Busted as an Exclusive Download Only, in association with our good friends at Cargo Records!
In the wake of the overwhelming world-wide response to their debut album Vol. 1-The Live Files! Busted is a sweetener for their forthcoming long playing opus entitled Vol 2.-The Studio Files which they aim to deliver to an unsuspecting public early in 2013.
2012 has been an exhilarating and successful one for X-UFO which features Danny Peyronel (Vox), Rocky Newton (Bass/BV's), Laurence Archer (Gtr/BV's) and Clive Edwards (Drums), playing to increasingly larger and ecstatic audiences in support of their globally acclaimed Live Album, recorded during selective European Dates in 2011. Now is the time to forge ahead, so it's on with the action!
Using their extensive pedigree, having worked previously with the likes of Meat Loaf, Phil Lynott, Dave Gilmour, Def Leppard, Wild Horses, MSG, Lionheart, Uli Jon Roth, Pat Travers and a whole lot more, X-UFO cannot wait to unleash their unique and bull-dozing brand of hard rock for your ears only! Remember, it's Onwards & Upwards with Busted, available exclusively on iTunes Worldwide from October 8!
Get ready to download your copy NOW. See www.xufo.co.uk for further details and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


'IN YOUR DREAMS-STEVIE NICKS' DOCUMENTARY SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE:
Music Collaborator, Documentarian and Former Eurythmics Mastermind Dave Stewart Reveals Intimate Portrait of Grammy Winning Legend

Rock legend Stevie Nicks in collaboration with musical wizard Dave Stewart have co-produced and co-directed "In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks" a documentary portrait of the illusive Nicks as they embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed album "In Your Dreams". The film will premiere at the 35th International Hamptons Film Festival on Sunday October 7th and at the 20th annual Mill Valley Film Festival on Friday, October 12th which has already sold out.
Nicks, a multi Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, lead singer and emotional catalyst and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac and one of the most recognizable female rock stars and revered songwriters in the world, allowed cameras into her home as she holed up in a magical old mansion high atop the hills of Los Angeles with Stewart and a wild cast of characters. The vibrant documentary tracks the year (2010) which Nicks calls "the best year of my life". The result is a rare study of a fascinating artist on par with D. A. Pennebaker's classic Dylan documentary "Don't Look Back" or Madonna's notorious "Truth or Dare."
Stewart and Nicks, co-directors of the film also co-wrote many of the songs on "In Your Dreams". The inner life of the legendary Nicks has by her design long been kept at a distance from the public. We learn in "Dreams" that her world features, costume parties, joyous dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing songwriting and recording sessions all of which are captured on film. Also cameos by Edgar Allan Poe, Mick Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, a massive white stallion in the backyard, owls and naturally a few vampires who appear in several "home movie" style music videos.
Along with tracking the Nicks/Stewart creative partnership, "In Your Dreams" includes plenty of other cinematic payoffs including rare never before seen personal scrapbook stills from Nicks' childhood and family life, and a wealth of candid backstage and performance shots taken over the last 35 years.
Nicks, who has sold millions of records as a solo artist, writer of such iconic songs as "Landslide", "Gold Dust Woman" and "Edge of 17" is regularly sited by stars as diverse as Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Courtney Love, Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks and John Mayer as an iconic favorite and heroine and is a continuous inspiration to the world's top fashion designers.
For more information on the Hamptons Film Festival, please go to www.hamptonsfilmfest.org. For more information about the Mill Valley Film Festival, please go to www.millvalleyfilmfestival.com.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

FRONTIERS RECORDS - DUE FOR 2013:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of British Hard Rock supergroup Snakecharmer. Formed by original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray, along with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash, Tina Turner), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris Ousey (Heartland).
Neil Murray commented "We're very excited that Snakecharmer has joined the Frontiers Records family, which includes many of the world's finest rock bands, and we can't wait to get out on tour in 2013 to promote our forthcoming album! "
Micky Moody was pleased to say. "Like the rest of the guys I am very pleased to be associated with such a renowned record company. We've really enjoyed writing and recording the new album and look forward to a successful future alliance"!
"Snakecharmer is looking forward to a great year ahead and a long & successful relationship with Frontiers Records. Looking forward to seeing you on the road in 2013", added Laurie Wisefield.
Snakecharmer brings you classic twin-guitar based hard rock music with an emphasis on vocal melodies and timeless hooks. Bringing influences from the classic British Hard Rock music of late 70's and early 80's and melting with the melodic sensibility of Chris Ousey's magic vocals akin to Lou Gramm and Paul Rodgers, Snakecharmer is the genuine article.
Snakecharmer is currently hard at work in the studio putting finishing touches to the recording of their Self-Titled debut album which will see the light of day in February 2013.
Snakecharmer: Micky Moody - guitar, slide guitar, vocals; Neil Murray - bass; Laurie Wisefield - guitar, vocals; Harry James - drums, vocals; Adam Wakeman - keyboards, vocals; Chris Ousey - lead vocals.
WebLink: www.snakecharmer.org.


Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Connecticut based producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jeff Cannata for the release of a new Arc Angel album planned for the first half of 2013. Cannata was a founding member and driving force behind the New Haven-based progressive rock band Jasper Wrath in the 70's (an outfit who also featured James Christian for some time, who later went on to join House of Lords). After the band's demise he later formed a new project called Arc Angel with former Jasper Wrath bandmate Michael Soldan. The group signed a record deal with CBS Records and released a superb self-titled debut in 1983 for the Portrait label imprint (home also for Aldo Nova, Orion The Hunter, Heart and many more legendary acts).

He has later on released a number of solo albums. Particularly "Images of Forever" (released in 1988) and "Watching The World" (1993) have received a great critical acclaim, especially in Europe and are generally considered as some of the finest slices of hi-tech AOR Music of their time. Cannata has recently independently released two more albums Tamorok and Mysterium Magnum (in 2006) before deciding to resurrect the original Arc Angel moniker and return with a more concise and melodic rock based new album for Frontiers Records.


House Of Lords singer James Christian has spent the last time in the studio writing and recording the songs which will end up on his third solo album that will be entitled Lay It All on Me. Some of the song titles include "Day In The Sun", "Believe In Me", "Shot in the Dark", "Welcome to your Future", "Every Little Lie" and more. The album will include a total of 12 original songs. Frontiers plans the release of this new exciting Melodic Rock record in 2013.

Seventh Key, the band project masterminded by Kansas bass player Billy Greer, are close to the completion of the recording for their new album that will be entitled I Will Survive. Tapes are being mixed by Mike Slamer in is studios in Los Angeles. Some of the song titles include "Down", "I See You There", "Lay it on the Line", "Time and Time Again", "What Love's Supposed to Be". All the fans that have appreciated the previous two efforts from Seventh Key will be delighted with the new songs. The label hopes to release the record in the first half of 2013.

Swedish AOR stars Work Of Art have started laying down tracks for the anticipated third album which the band plans to title Piece of Work as a completion of the trilogy of album titles that the band members envisioned when they first got together in high school. Some of the song titles which will be included on the record are "Time to Let Go", "How Do You Sleep at Night?", "Over The Line", "My Waking Dream" & "Hold On To Love". Main songwriter and guitarist Robert Sall says: "Musically we will stay true to the style of our previous records and sonically we'll be working on several ideas to make this one sound even bigger & better than our last album." Frontiers plans to release this exciting come back sometime during 2013.

CELEBRATION DAY FOR LED ZEPPELIN & 32 YEARS ON TODAY...:
32 years today since the death of drumming great John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Can you imagine quite where the band would have gone if not for his untimely death? The mind boggles. My mates at ARfm sent out this cool link, of Cleveland's WMMS reporting September 26th 1980 on the news of Bonzo's passing. Listen in: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROTKgeFYHMs.

And announced just a few days ago is news that the reformed band's 2007 event will finally come out on CD/DVD - The Legendary 2007 Live Concert Available For The First Time Ever.
On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London's O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks "Whole Lotta Love," "Rock And Roll," "Kashmir," and "Stairway To Heaven."
All configurations of the event are out November 19. www.ledzeppelin.com/news.


PLEDGE TOWARDS CROWN OF THORNS FOR NEW EP:
News from the lads at Crown Of Thorns: "We have partnered with Pledge Music, the direct to fan platform "the future of releasing music", for a new "Crown Of Thorns EP" We'll be offering never before available exclusives, pics, videos, personal updates, etc. You can pre-order the EP, and various other recordings that include Solo works, Plasmatics, Crown Of Thorns, KISS and RAMONES co-writes etc. Take part in the making of this new EP! A portion of the proceeds will go to aid Haitian children through the charity "My Neighbors Children"."
Click here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jeanbeauvoir.

RICHIE BLACKMORE'S LIVE RENAISSANCE:
Ritchie Blackmore's musical career is branded by an uncompromising faithfulness to his own musical ideals: he already distinguished himself as an ambitioned rock musician in Deep Purple and Rainbow. For the past 15 years, Blackmore's Night has shown a marked contrast to the two previously successful bands, making him one of the few musicians who has successfully formed and performed in three different musical genres. With 'A Knight In York', the third Blackmore's Night DVD release, Ritchie, Candice Night and their band of minstrels take their devoted audience on a musical journey through the ages.
Recorded live on 30th September 2011, 'A Knight In York' will be out on 29th June 2012 (UK: 2nd July) on UDR/EMI and features identical track listings in the following formats: Special DVD + CD DigiPack deluxe edition; CD jewel case (audio), DVD, BluRay, double vinyl LP & digital formats, plus a special limited edition 'Fan Package' (details to follow at www.udr-music.com).

The Band: Ritchie Blackmore: Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mandola, hurdygurdy; Candice Night: Lead vocals, Renaissance wood winds, pennywhistles and tambourine; Earl Grey of Chimay: Bass, rhythm guitar; Bard David of Larchmont: Keyboards and vocals; Squire Malcolm of Lumley: drums and percussion; Gypsy Rose: Violin and harmony vocals; Minstrel Albert: Various medieval woodwinds; Special Guest: Autumn.
Formats: DVD + CD + Blu-ray DigiPack (CD rack size) / CD (Jewel Case) / Double Vinyl LP 12' (Gatefold) / Digital (audio).
Tour Dates:
10/25/12 US Tarrytown, NY - Music Hall
10/26/12 US Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
10/28/12 US Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live
11/02/12 US New York, NY - Concert Hall

Track Listing: 01 Locked Within The Crystal Ball 02 Gilded Cage 03 The Circle 04 Journeyman 05 World Of Stone 06 The Peasant's Promise 07 Toast To Tomorrow 08 Fires At Midnight 09 Barbara Allen 10 Darkness 11 Dance Of The Darkness 12 Dandelion Wine 13 All The Fun Of The Fayre 14 First Of May.
WebLink: www.udr-music.com.

FATAL SMILE INVADES THE USA:
Recently Spectra Records has signed Swedish hard rock band, Fatal Smile. During the last ten years Fatal Smile has built a strong and solid reputation internationally and achieved great success with their albums "Neo Natural Freaks" and "World Domination." The album was nominated for awards such as "Album Of The Year" at the Swedish Metal Awards. Fatal Smile has toured with Dio, W.A.S.P., Queensryche, Lordi, Doro, Winger and played festivals like Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken, Hard Rock Hell, Long'I'Rock, Rockalies and Rock Weekend. Fatal Smile is back with a vengeance with their new album 21st Century Freaks. The first single & video for "Welcome To The Freakshow" was released on April 13 and have sold over 10,000 copies and was rewarded with a Gold record in June. The album was released in Europe on May 14 and is already acclaimed as "Album Of The Year" in press & media.
The USA and Canada will see the release of 21st Century Freaks at the beginning of 2013 on Spectra Records. The band is already grabbing attention from some major theatrical films slated for 2013 as well.
"I don't know what the hell these guys are on, they never stop! They sure do know how to rock a crowd!" Eddie Jackson -Queensryche "You guys are the best opening band I've ever had!" Ronnie James Dio -"The King Of Rock n Roll", R.I.P."
To find out the latest tour dates and merchandise for FATAL SMILE, visit: www.fatalsmile.com.

MEAT LOAF IS SERVED 'INTHESTUDIO' ON THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF BAT OUT OF HELL:
North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of easily the most unconventional internationally top-selling album of all time (fourteen million U.S.) with an exclusive interview as passionate, bombastic, and hysterically funny as the Bat Out of Hell album. In October 1977, Dallas Texas-born Marvin Lee Aday aka Meat Loaf quietly released his major-label debut after seesawing between acting in live theater and singing in bands. Meat Loaf was perhaps the only choice to take on the music of theatrical songwriter Jim Steinman. With his hulking physique and voice to boot, Meat Loaf was a force of nature with a budding off-Broadway career and the Rocky Horror Picture Show movie to his credit, but Meat was unable to get a record deal. Meat Loaf explains to InTheStudio host Redbeard.
"We got turned down by everybody, you know, four times, by every label I can think of. Clive Davis (president of Columbia Records at the time) said to me, "Do you guys listen to Rock'n'Roll?", he said, You're like the Ethel Merman of Rock'n'Roll."
Today the Bat Out Of Hell album has sold in excess of 40 million records worldwide supported by such classic songs as "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad", "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" and the eight minute epic "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights".
Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell -InTheStudio program is available now to STREAM at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/meat-loaf-bat-hell/.

VICIOUS RUMORS WANT TO LIVE YOU TO DEATH:
The legendary US-Metal band Vicious Rumors are back with a thundering new live CD called: Live You To Death. The power of the band`s live show is now finally caught on CD! 2011 was the year the band stormed European stages with their highly acclaimed studio album "Razorback Killers" playing 92 shows in 12 months!
This new live album was recorded last December on the European tour with the mighty Hammerfall. It features 11 songs , 9 classics and 2 very special studio recordings of ''Sign of the Southern Cross" by Black Sabbath and "Running Wild "by Judas Priest.
"We wanted to do a few covers of our metal gods Sabbath and Priest as a tribute to where it all started" Guitarist Geoff Thorpe said. "Vicious Rumors is known for their wicked live performance and "Live You To Death" captures the fire and energy of Vicious Rumors live and in your face! This Live CD is a high speed hammer that's razor sharp!"
Recorded by Pontus Norgren of Hammerfall, mixed by Juan Urteaga and produced by Geoff Thorpe the live album will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in Germany on November 23, Europe November 26 and in the USA November 27!

Tracklisting: 01. Replicant / Digital Dictator 02. Minute To Kill 03. Murderball 04. Lady Took A Chance ( intro ) / Down To The Temple 05. Abandoned 06. Let The Garden Burn 07. Hellraiser 08. Soldiers Of The Night 09. Don't Wait For Me 10. Sign Of The Southern Cross (cover-version Black Sabbath) 11. Running Wild (cover-version Judas Priest). Track 1-9: recorded live on the HammerFall-Tour autumn/winter 2011. Running time: approx. 56 min.

Vicious Rumors live 2012/2013:
01.11. US-Seattle,WA - Studio Seven
02.11. US-Portland,OR - The Tonic
03.11. US-Vancouver,WA - Malibu`s
29.11. US-Oakland,CA - The New Parish
01.12. US-Hollywood,CA - The Joint
25.-27.07. D-Brande/Hrnerkirchen - Headbangers Open Air
WebLinks: www.viciousrumors.com / www.spv.de.



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ESCAPE MUSIC ANNOUNCE LOVER UNDER COVER SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE:
Escape Music are excited to announce the scheduled release of the debut Lover Under Cover album Set The Night On Fire in Europe on November 16.
Lover Under Cover are a brand new band from Sweden that combine elements of Coldspell, Last Autumns Dream, Treat and many more great Scandinavian Rock bands. The band was formed by Mikael Carlsson and this highly talented quartet are poised to shake the very foundations of melodic hard rock. Soaring harmonies, slick guitar solos and plenty of keyboards feature in their sound and with a knack of producing infectious melodies they will have you begging for more. With Special guests that include Michael Larsson (Coldspell) Ged Rylands and Tor Erik Myhre (Jorn) and production from Martin Kronlund you can be sure of a very polished performance all round. Songs like "Angels will cry", "Hero" and "Set the night on fire" are all fantastic slabs of melodic hard rock, in fact there are no fillers to be found, just well-structured melodic hard rock. Lover Under Cover are a band to look out for in 2012 and if well-crafted melodic rock of the highest order is what you crave for then this is an essential purchase.

xx

Track listing: 1- My Best Friend 2- Angels Will Cry 3- Too Good To Be True 4- Hero 5- Flash In The Night 6- Set The Night On Fire 7- Who Needs Love 8- Crazy For You 9- Crime In The Line 10- Through The Storm 11- A Nice Day.
The Band is: Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream / Salute) Vocals, Keyboards; Mikael Carlsson Bass, Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals; Martin Kronlund (Gypsy Rose, Phenomena, Salute) Guitars; Perra Johnsson (Coldspell) Drums; With Special guest on Keyboards: Ged Ryland (ex-Ten).
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


BONUSES FOR THE END OF THE WORLD:
Full details of the new Rick Springfield album Songs For The End Of The World have been announced at a redesigned rickspringfield.com. Song samples for each track is also now available. This album really is something else.
The details of all bonus tracks have also been announced. Full details at the site, but to cut to the chase, things are as follows:

Digital Worldwide (Cold War Cover): 12 tracks plus bonus track: The Bug (super heavy, aggressive modern rocker that clocks in at 2 mins!)
Best Buy (USA)(Tarot Cover): CD - 12 tracks plus bonus tracks: Let Me In (softly sung, feel good ballad); Jet (Live)(as released digitally in 2010); Lust (original Karma demo from the Sahara Snow release); Her Body Makes Vows (original Karma demo from SDAA Ltd Ed release). Digital Bonus - Love Screws Me Up (Acoustic) + 30 minute fan version of I Hate Myself + video content.
Amazon (Armageddon Cover): CD - 12 tracks. Digital Bonus - You & Me (Acoustic) + 30 minute fan version of I Hate Myself + video content.
Amazon (Mayan Cover): CD - 12 tracks. Digital Bonus Joshua (Acoustic) + 30 minute fan version of I Hate Myself + video content.
Europe (via Frontiers Records)(Cold War Cover): CD - 12 tracks + Bonus tracks: Let Me In; My DUI (heavy aggressive modern rocker with lots of effects and a simple driving chorus).
Japan (via Avalon/Marquee): CD 12 tracks + Bonus Track I Hate Myself (Acoustic)

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NEW FOOLING FM FANS:
Brit rockers FM love their traditions and the run-up to the release of their seventh studio album will be no different as November 2012 sees the release of their new Only Foolin' EP. In time-honoured FM fashion this 9-track mini-album (running time approx. 51 minutes) features a mixture of sneak previews, live recordings and new tracks exclusive to Only Foolin' EP.
Only Foolin' new studio track from FM's forthcoming album
Rainbow's End new studio track - exclusive
Shot in the Dark new studio recording - exclusive
Let Love be the Leader (Live) recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012
Don't Stop (Live) recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012
Does it feel like Love (Live) recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012
Tough it Out (Live) recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012
Hot Legs (Live) recorded at the Indiscreet 25Live shows March 2012
Only Foolin' (Extended Mix) remix by Pete Jupp
Only Foolin EP is set for release 26th November 2012 on Riff City Records, distributed by Nova via Universal Music Operations and will be available from the webshop at www.fmofficial.com and all good record stores and internet retailers.
View the Only Foolin' EP promo trailer below:


FM also recently announced March 2013 UK live dates in support of their forthcoming album.
March 15 Pontypridd Muni Arts Centre
March 16 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
March 17 Glasgow King Tuts
March 18 Bingley Arts Centre
March 20 Newcastle O2 Academy2
March 21 Manchester Academy 2
March 22 Nuneaton Queens Hall
March 23 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets on sale now booking info can be found on the Live page at www.fmofficial.com.

News just in FM are delighted to announce they have just been confirmed as Special Guests for Thin Lizzy's UK tour in November / December alongside The Treatment.
Nov 29 Bournemouth Academy
Nov 30 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Dec 01 Exeter University
Dec 03 Norwich UEA
Dec 04 Bristol Colston Hall
Dec 05 Middlesborough Empire
Dec 07 Liverpool Academy
Dec 08 Edinburgh HMV Picture House *
Dec 09 Nottingham Rock City
Dec 11 Birmingham HMV Institute
* Please note FM will NOT be appearing at this show.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now from the usual outlets and agents.
Line-up: Steve Overland vocals & guitar / Merv Goldsworthy bass / Pete Jupp drums / Jem Davis keyboards / Jim Kirkpatrick guitar
WebLinks: www.fmofficial.com / www.myspace.com/fmukrock / www.facebook.com/FMofficial.


R.I.P. BENJY KING (SCANDAL):
More sad news this week with news of top New York producer and Scandal keyboard player Benjy King dying after sustaining a head injury from a fall on the subway.
Details and news of a memorial for Benjy here: www.sonicscoop.com/2012/09/24/rip-benjy-king-nyc-producerengineer-memorial-planned-for-101/
R.I.P. Benjy.

HEART DEBUT NEW VIDEO:
Heart's 14th studio album, Fanatic, ranks as one of the Wilson Sisters most rock & roll albums to date. With Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink at the helm (who also produced their last album, Red Velvet Car), these ten essential performances by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are a celebration of their life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art and truth. Includes the title track "Fanatic," "Dear Old America," and "Million Miles."


ERIC JOHNSON DUE BACK IN THE UK:
Eric Johnson, the celebrated American electric guitarist, hailed by Joe Bonamassa as "one of the greatest guitar players of all time," returns to the UK in 2013 for a tour that kicks off at the London o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on Wednesday 3rd April.
Planet Rock will start at ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 26th September, followed by general on-sale date of Friday 28th September from www.thegigcartel.com and 0844 478 0898. The 6-date tour will showcase material from his current album Up Close, as well as from his rich back catalogue, including the classic Cliffs of Dover.
London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (April 3)
Harrogate Theatre (April 4)
Edinburgh Queen's Hall (April 5)
Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (April 6)
Birmingham Town Hall (April 7)
Salisbury City Hall (April 8)
Guitar Player magazine described Johnson as "one of the most respected guitarists on the planet." His critically acclaimed, platinum-selling 1990 recording Ah Via Musicom produced the single Cliffs of Dover, for which he won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (the track also appeared on Guitar Hero 3 Legends of Rock).
In 1996 he joined forces with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai for the original and legendary G3 tour that garnered a worldwide audience with the platinum selling CD/DVD. Johnson's best known for playing stock Fender Stratocasters and Gibson ES-335 electric guitars through a triple amp setup, consisting of vintage Fender and Marshall amplifiers.

BENTO FRONTED BY SILVERCHAIR DRUMMER BEN GILLIES SET TO RELEASE DEBUT:
September 24, 2012 -- As one door closes another openssuch is the case with Bento, the new musical creation from Silverchair drummer/co-founder Ben Gillies. The band's debut album, Diamond Days, is scheduled for release on Friday, October 26 on Gillies' own Diamond Day Records label (MGM Distribution). The title track is available now for purchase on iTunes, and the videoshot in Gillies' hometown of Newcastlecan be seen at: bit.ly/QzKqn0.
Diamond Days presents twelve bristling and glistening rock & roll songs, with Gillies up front, singing his heart out, singing his own songs, and opening up like you've never heard him before. "It's an album of self-discovery, of finding myself," says Gillies. "I've always written songs and over the years I've kept a log of every idea. It's exciting to finally see some of these ideas fully realized."
Adds the 21-time ARIA Music Awards winner: "Being part of something as awesome and mammoth as Silverchair required so much of myself and at times there was very little energy left for other things. Now I feel as if I'm freed up and can satisfy my own creative output and get about doing what makes sense for me at this point. It's been a while in the making and I'm excited to finally share it."
Bento is as indie as they come. While Silverchair could tap into big recording budgets and high-level industry infrastructure to support releases, Bento is entirely DIY an organic veggie patch to Silverchair's Apple. Gillies has funded the entire project himself and has personally overseen every element, from artwork and videos through to the mechanics of releasing the album on his own label. "It's great to feel like I'm really in the driver's seat on every detail with Bento," he says. "That's just not possible when you're in a band. It's a totally different way of approaching things after years of adhering to a particular formula. So that makes Bento both exciting and a bit scary."
Prepare yourself, however--Bento sounds nothing like Silverchair. And if you happened to have heard his short-lived Tambalane project from a few years back, well, Bento sounds absolutely nothing like that either. The immediacy of the lead track, the title track, "Diamond Days," will give you a fair indication of what Bento is all about. But there are a dozen different moods and views present on the album.
Gillies informally began work on Bento's debut during a break in Silverchair duties back in 2010. He took hundreds of ideas he'd collected over the years and spent a week sifting through them at Mangrove Studios on the Central Coast of Australia with engineer Josh Telford. Work actually started on the record in mid-2011, once Silverchair revealed what it was doing next. "When Silverchair decided to go on our 'indefinite hibernation,' I decided to keep running with my thing," says Gillies. "I went back in with Josh and that's when I was like, 'I'm making a record this is a record!'"
As soon as Gillies felt enough of these new songs were taking a solid shape, he moved into Big Jesus Burger Studios in Surry Hills, Sydney with Eric J Dubowsky (Weezer, Carolina Liar) coming onboard as co-producer. He enlisted the talents of a diverse array of musicians to help bring his vision of life, including Papa Vs Pretty's frontman/guitarist Thomas Rawle as a lead player on the majority of the songs, plus keyboardist Scott Aplin (music director of Australia's version of "The Voice") and bassist Dave Symes (Missy Higgins' music director).
While he did play all the drums on Diamond Days, Gillies' other big challenge with Bento involved stepping out from behind the drum kit and becoming a frontman for the first time. And he makes no qualms about it it scared the crap out of him.
"I was literally shitting myself," he says laughing. "It's a fear I'm having to confront but it's exciting. Scary and exciting. From my experience, anything that's confronting and scary, once you overcome the fear, then you can enjoy it. So that's how I feel about it, but I'm still a little bit nervous."
WebLinks: www.wearebento.com / www.facebook.com/weareBento / www.soundcloud.com/weareBento.

BRAZILIAN METALLISTS SHADOWSIDE SET TO TAKE THE U.S. BY STORM:
Brazil and hard rock/heavy metal have gone hand in hand for decades by this point (spawning Sepultura, hosting massive stadium shows by Queen and Kiss, etc.). And the most promising Brazilian-metal connection to come along in some time is Shadowside, which manage to combine metal and melody in an irresistible sonic cocktail - as evidenced by their latest album, 'Inner Monster Out' (produced by Fredrik Nordstrom, who has previously worked with Arch Enemy, Evergrey, and Dimmu Borgir).
Hailing from the city of Santos, Shadowside is comprised of signer Dani Nolden, guitarist Raphael Mattos, bassist Fabio Carito, and drummer Fabio Buitividas. Originally formed in 2001, the group has issued two earlier full lengths - 2007's 'Theatre of Shadows' and 2009's 'Dare to Dream.' But it's 'Inner Monster Out' that is causing the biggest stir worldwide, as it spent 6 weeks in the top 15 CMJ's Loud Rock Charts, and 2 weeks in the top 10 (highest position being #9). Additionally, the quartet has made inroads to the Japanese market, scoring the #26 best selling album according to BURRN! Magazine (followed by bands like Nightwish, Evanescence, Lamb of God and Shinedown).
At the Independent Music Awards, Shadowside were crowned winners of the Best Metal/Hardcore album category - beating out Asking Alexandria by popular voting. In the contest, the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richard, and Tori Amos served as judges (past Independent Music Awards contestants included such renowned metal acts as Lacuna Coil, Vixen, All that Remains, Diablo Swing Orchestra).
And Shadowside continue to increase their rabid fan base in their homeland, where their shows are routinely sold out and the venues packed. Photo proof can be seen in the photo section of the band's Facebook page, in the photo album "Live All Over the World," and a special gallery dedicated to the Sao Paulo show with over 200 pix. And in November/December, the group will play additional shows in their homeland.
And the reviews have been very favorable, including About.com saying "Shadowside may not be a known quantity in North America (yet), but their brand of bombastic and catchy metal makes them worth checking out," and MetalUnderground.com praising "The band has donned the spikes, suited up the leather and let the 'Inner Monster Out' with a fresh aggression, marking Shadowside's place in shaky ground of modern power metal."
For more information, visit: www.shadowside.ws/index.html / www.facebook.com/shadowsideband.

NEW FROM DOWN BOYS RECORDS:
Down Boys Records Inc. the new label owned by Jerry Dixon & Erik Turner from Warrant have just released a new single from Denver Colorado's Drug Under, the band features singer/actor Christopher C Romero (Halloween 2, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, Killer Ink). Romero recently filled in for Lynch Mob singer Oni Logan last summer & has been working on a solo CD with drummer Jimmy D Anda ( ex- Bullet Boys). Drug Under shot a video this past July, the video was directed by Romero & Denver filmmaker Van Michaels. Drug Under will headline a hometown show tomorrow night( Sept 21st) in Denver Colorado at Casslemans. This will mark their 1st live show in 11 months & their 1st since inking a deal with Down Boys Records Inc. Their single premiered tonight, Sept 20th on 106.7 KBPI on The Uncle Nasty Show. For more info or to see the interview on KBPI, click here: www.kbpi.com.


ACCEPT INTERVIEW ONLINE:
Wolf Hoffmann of ACCEPT will be a featured guest on this week's episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) this Friday 2-4PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (and streaming live on www.wnhu.net) Wolf updates us on all things Accept as well as confirming the existence of a forgotten Bon Scott-era AC/DC demo for "I'm A Rebel"! A full list of repeat air times and affiliates as well as a link to the free podcast can be found at www.noizeintheattic.com. Noize In The Attic is also available as a free podcast in iTunes!

CD SHOWCASES UPDATED:
A good CD Showcase update today - added are the current September releases for Lion Music - Ashent, Venturia and Joe Stump; plus 3 new re-issues from Avenue Of Allies Music - two GTS releases (featuring Sam Blue) and a re-issue plus bonus track of Hartmann's Home album. Check them all out.


Monday, September 24, 2012

KISS & MOTLEY CRUE HEADING DOWNUNDER:
Looks like the Kiss/Motley Crue Australian tour rumor dam has burst. The Australian tour has been in planning for months now and although it has not yet been officially announced, the dates should span from late January into February and the tour is apparently an "extensive" one. Stay tuned.

Tommy Lee's tweet was the catalyst for the information rush: "Wow! how time flys!! Last night of the US part of the tour. One show in Mexico in a few days but its a rap for 2012 kids!! A little break til Jan 2013 then off to Australia with Kiss n Motley... "Been goin like f*** since Feb in Vegas!! 9 months! f***in Whooped.... i want to thank all the amazing crew guys n girls it took to put this insanity together and keep it up n running everydamnday! respect to all the truck drivers, bus drivers, pilots, dancers, arialists, stilt walkers, pyrotechnicians, heroes"

DOKKEN EMPIRE (OFFICIAL VIDEO):
Taken from the new Dokken album Broken Bones out NOW on Frontiers Records! Available in regular CD and deluxe edition in digipak including a 40 minutes "making of the album" documentary.


JEFF LYNNE VIDEO FOR "MERCY, MERCY" DEBUTS AT ROLLINGSTONE.COM:
Jeff Lynne's new video for "Mercy, Mercy"--the first track from his upcoming album Long Wave, out October 9 in the USA on Frontiers Records--has exclusively premiered at Rollingstone.com. Shot at his Los Angeles home studio that's known as Bungalow Palace Studios, the Martyn Atkins-directed clip features none other than "The Jeffs," a composite of four simultaneous images of the iconic British artist playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and drums, as he did on the recording of the album. The clip can be viewed here: www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/premiere-jeff-lynne-covers-soul-nugget-mercy-mercy-20120921.

The release of Long Wave and Mr. Blue SkyThe Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra mark the 40th Anniversary of ELO. Lynne's legacy will further be celebrated with releases in 2013 including ELO Live! plus expanded reissues of the ELO's 2001 album Zoom and Lynne's first solo album in 1990, Armchair Theater. For up to date info on all things Jeff Lynne and ELO, go here: www.elo.biz.

ALL IN THE NAME OF BLOODBOUND:
Bloodbound are very proud to reveal the release date and the track listing for In The Name Of Metal today! It will be released through AFM Records on November 7 and will contain the following 12 smokin tracks! 1. In The Name Of Metal 2. When Demons Collide 3. Bonebreaker 4. Metalheads Unite 5. Son Of Babylon 6. Mr. Darkness 7. I'm Evil 8. Monstermind 9. King Of Fallen Grace 10. Black Devil 11. Bounded By Blood 12. Book Of The Dead 2012 (bonus track).
The CD will come as a great big special limited edition digipak. You can pre-order a SIGNED CD at the following location only (they'll ship Worldwide): www.bengans.se/popup/bloodbound_in/se.aspx.

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CHARMING GRACE AND THE BEAUTY OF AOR:
The pure AOR of the international recording project Charming Grace is based on the idea of writing songs in the classic style of the 80s and recording them as duets. To give the record its own identity all songs are sung by one main lead vocalist while the featured duet partners are picked individually for each tune because of their special musical talents.
The concept was developed by Pierpaolo "Zorro" Monti (drums - Shining Line, Lionville) together with Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (lead vocals & keyboards - Wheels Of Fire) and Amos Monti (bass - Shining Line, Lionville). After having met through their mutual friend Gregor Klee, owner of the Avenue Of Allies label, the trio soon discovered that they have a love for AOR and Melodic Rock in common.
Already during 2011 plans were made how to combine their talents and the brain storming began which guests should be invited for the recordings of each song.
Over the course of the months the Charming Grace guest list has become a very special round up of musicians as it includes artists which haven't been in a recording studio for years or even decades. Ranking among these very welcome guests are lead vocalists like David Forbes (Boulevard), Bente Smaavik (Perfect Crime, Blonde On Blonde), Thomas Lassar (Crystal Blue), Henrik Launbjerg (Toys Of Joy) and Moon Calhoun (Michael Thompson Band) to name only a few.
Zorro, Dave and Amos are currently putting the finishing touches to the album together with Alessandro Del Vecchio (Lionville, Hardline, Edge Of Forever), who will handle the mix. The album is scheduled for a release in late January 2013 through Avenue Of Allies. In the coming weeks the first listening previews will be presented and the line-up of over 30 AOR and Melodic Rock musicians, which is completed by some of the most talented players of today, will be revealed.
Pictured: Dave & Zorro (Charming Grace).


ZEBRA TO HEADLINE THE ROCK JUNCTION ON OCT. 26:
Zebra, with special guest Fall & Bounce, are set to perform at the Rock Junction in Coventry, R.I., on October 26.
Zebra rose to national fame with their 1983 self-titled debut album that featured the singles "Tell Me What You Want" and "Who's Behind the Door." The band built on this success with the subsequent releases "No Tellin' Lies," "3.V," and "Zebra Live." Having most recently released "Zebra IV," today Zebra continues to meet the constant demand for their live shows, consistently delivering knock-out performances that remind audiences why this band is still rocking after almost 30 years.
For their show at the Rock Junction, Zebra will be performing two sets -- an hour-and-twenty minute set of their own material followed by a special one hour encore set of Led Zeppelin classics. It will be the band's only New England appearance this year!
No strangers to the local music scene, the Providence, Rhode Island-based Fall & Bounce serve straight-up rock with an alternative twist, a bracing sonic brew with intriguing hints of genre-blending complexity. Songs range from outspoken to playful to violent; yet always honest delivered with soaring vocals, crunching riff-and-groove power and vivid stage presence. The band has been nominated for numerous awards, winning "Breakthrough Act of the Year" in the Providence Phoenix Readers' Poll earlier this year.
Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased through www.brownpapertickets.com. The Rock Junction is conveniently located off Interstate 95 at 731 Centre of New England Blvd. in Coventry, Rhode Island. Parking is free and the venue serves delicious food with a full bar. This concert is presented by JKB Booking Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jkbbooking.

A DREAM COMES TRUE: KROKUS RECORD AT THE LEGENDARY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS:
It is without doubt the most famous recording studio in the world. Here it is where the Beatles created and recorded classics like Come Together, Hey Jude, Lady Madonna und She Loves You. The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Oasis recorded here many of their greatest hits: the Abbey Road Studios in London. For the last two weeks Krokus worked feverishly on their follow-up album to "Hoodoo" in these "hallow halls of rock music", as vocalist Marc Storace calls it.
The Swiss rockers record here songs for their new CD Dirty Dynamite. The album is slated to be released January 25th, 2013. "The nights were long and extremely creative, it was totally worh the effort, adds bassist and producer Chris von Rohr. For us a lifelong dream has come true, adds Storace.
As Switzerland's most successful hard rock band, Krokus sold more than 13 million albums in a career that spanned over almost forty years' time. In the past they recorded their albums in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto or Zurich. After well publicized quarrels eventually the originals broke up and in 2008 the originals finally reunited. The comeback-CD Hoodoo shot straight to #1 in the charts of their native Switzerland.
Now the ambitious rockers want to surpass their successes of the past. "This album could possibly become our masterpiece. Pure, dirty, in your face hard rock with some blues-elements. We've been taking the time it needs to work on songs and melodies and to constantly fine-tune them at the place that offered us the maximum inspiration", explains Von Rohr.
"We wanted to take in the vibe at the birthplace of modern rock music", comments Storace. "It is a unique feeling to return to the place where it all started." Both rave that this place is full of memories, the ghost of John Lennon present everywhere.
"The magical ambiance inspires us, it's like additional doping for our creativity", beams Marc. That was the main reason why they decided to record at Abbey Road Studios in London. "We return to our roots."
As the Beatles' 1969 "Abbey Road" album was their last official recording, will "Dirty Dynamite" be the last official album for Krokus? Chris von Rohr: "That only the (rock) Gods know!"
WebLink: www.krokusonline.com.

MUSIC BUY MAIL LAUNCHES NEW MBM IMPORT SERVICE:
Music Buy Mail is proud to announce a new Import Service Program featuring hard to find hard rock and metal independent releases. Store owner Sebastian Eder decided in the Spring of 2012 to bring in music from bands who are not normally associated with the larger CD chains across Europe but never the less have released some outstanding music. These titles are normally released in smaller quantities and have been sought after by collectors.
Music Buy Mail has already successfully brought in over 50 titles in the past 4 months with new bands arriving every month. Ranging from AOR, Modern Rock and 80's Hard Rock to Glam/Sleaze and Heavy Metal.
You can check out the full catalogue by going to the MBM Import Service link for a full list of bands available. Once there, you will find incredible independent releases from Abused Romance, Stealing Eden, Nubian Rose, Robby Valentine, Loudguns, Shotgun Alley, Counterclock, Scarlet Haze, Days Of Jupiter, Baby Jane, Black Rain, Humbucker, Renegade Five, Oz Knozz, Dreamscape, Siva Addiction, Valerie and so many more.
Music Buy Mail has been bringing you quality music and service for over 10 years and we would like to continue to bring you all the latest releases including the new MBM Import Service. www.musicbuymail.eu / www.musicbuymail.eu/index.php?r=12.

OZ OSUKARU TO REBOOT OSUKARU:
Earlier this year, the Swedish/American AOR outfit Osukaru released their 3rd release but 1st full-length studio album Salvation. It became a critically acclaimed success among the fans and melodic rock listeners around the globe. However, it's also the last release to come out from Osukaru as a full-time band. Founder Oz Osukaru announce the return of Osukaru as, what he say is to be a very personal solo album.
"The thing is... for me 'Salvation' kinda wrapped it up" Oz says. "When returning to Eye, which reunited earlier this year, I felt that I took Osukaru, as a major band, as far as I could and wanted to end this era as a trilogy of great releases, all which I am extremely proud of. However, I still have a lot of stories to tell. Stories that aren't suitable for any other project than my very own. So, I've decided to take the Osukaru brand to a new level and release nothing but stuff I personally want to do."
There will however be more musicians than just Oz himself on the album.

"Well yes! For example, you really don't want me to sing the lead vocals, haha" Oz laughs. "Actually, it's not that much different from before. I have gathered a fair share of amazing musicians on each position with Ryan Coyle still by my side playing the drums. However, an interesting new aspect to this is that this album will be both male and female fronted, with singers Fredrik Werner (also on guitar) and Cecilia Camuii sharing the microphone."
What we've noticed so far is that the artwork also is a very important part of Osukaru. It's created by Oz himself and on the three previous releases there have been a certain concept represented on the album covers, tying them all together.
"Yes and even though I, let's say, reboot Osukaru, the art concept will stay the same... but with a twist. I don't want to reveal too much just yet, but it will feature a new model fronting the cover art and both she and the art itself will have an even bigger role this time. Let's just say that visually and musically, this album will be so much stronger than ever before."
The music is described as a bit more bluesy, edgy and guitar oriented version of the melodic rock and AOR that we've heard from Osukaru so far, still with the huge stadium sound in mind. The yet untitled album is set for release in spring 2013 with a single to support it by the end of 2012.

At this point, the line-up on the album will be:
Oz Osukaru - guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion, backing vocals / Fredrik Werner (Mr. Artist) - lead & backing vocals, guitars / Cecilia Camuii (Panorama) - lead & backing vocals / Jens Bjrk (Mr. Artist) - saxophone, backing vocals / Adrian Lopez (Panorama) - piano, keyboards / Mathias Rosn (Eye) - keyboards, hammond organ / Ryan Coyle - drums, percussion, backing vocals / Daniel Berg (session) - drums, percussion + some very special guests yet to be announced.


UPDATED MAGNUM TOUR DATES:
Magnum Tour 2012
04.10.12 - Sweden Rock Cruise - Sweden
06.10.12 - Jonkoping - Sweden - Zaragon Rock Club

European Tour With Special Guest Neonfly
25.10.12 - Berlin - Germany - C-Club
26.10.12 - Hamburg - Germany - Fabrik
27.10.12 - Aschaffenburg - Germany - Colos-Saal
28.10.12 - Cologne - Germany - Kantine
30.10.12 - Ingolstadt - Germany - Eventhalle Am Westpark
31.10.12 - Mannheim - Germany - Alte Seilerei
01.11.12 - Bochum - Germany - Matrix
03.11.12 - Bremen - Germany - Schuppen 2
05.11.12 - Nurnberg - Germany - Hirsch
06.11.12 - Augsburg - Germany - Spectrum
07.11.12 - Munich - Germany - Ampere
09.11.12 - Burglengenfeld - Germany - Vaz
10.11.12 - Memmingen - Germany - Kaminwerk
11.11.12 - Pratteln - Switzerland - Z7
12.11.12 - Pilsen - Czech Republic - Kd Serikova
13.11.12 - Zlin - Czech Republic - Masters Of Rock Cafe
15.11.12 - Kerkrade - Holland - Rocktempel
16.11.12 - Vosselaar - Belgium - Biebob
17.11.12 - Vaureal - France - Le Forum

UK Tour With Special Guest Trillium
18.11.12 - Bristol - Uk - O2 Academy
20.11.12 - Liverpool - Uk - O2 Academy
21.11.12 - Glasgow - Uk - Garage
22.11.12 - Newcastle - Uk - O2 Academy
23.11.12 - Holmfirth - Uk - Picturedrome
24.11.12 - Manchester - Uk - Ritz
25.11.12 - Nottingham - Uk - Rock City
27.11.12 - Leamington - Uk - Leamington Assembly
28.11.12 - Southampton - Uk - The Brook
29.11.12 - London - Uk - O2 Academy
30.11.12 - Pontypridd - Uk - Muni Arts Centre
01.12.12 - Wolverhampton - Uk - Wulfrun Hall
02.12.12 - Norwich - Uk - Waterfront
WebLink: www.magnumonline.co.uk


Friday, September 21, 2012

JIMI JAMISON ONE OF MELODIC ROCK'S MOST LEGENDARY VOICES RETURNS WITH HIS NEW SOLO ALBUM:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Jimi Jamison's new solo album Never Too Late on November 2 in Europe and November the 6 in North America.
Often referred to as one of the American top Rock vocalists, Jimi Jamison has been the singer with Target, Cobra and finally Survivor who rejoined in late 2011 - for more than a decade, apart from being an accomplished solo artist on his own.
Jimi performed back up vocals on recordings by ZZ Top, Joe Walsh and numerous other recording artists. Billy Gibbons refers to Jimi as the fourth member of ZZ Top and Casey Kasem, on his nationally syndicated radio show American Top 40, referred to Jimi Jamison as "The Voice". Among Jamison's best known performances are "Burning Heart", from the Rocky IV movie which hit #2 on the Billboard Charts, "High On You" (#8), and "The Search Is Over" (#4).

His solo career started in 1991 with the release of "When Love Comes Down" followed in 1999 by "Empires", the album which included the theme, "I'm Always Here" for Baywatch. In 2008 Jamison teamed up with the other former Survivor bandmate, Jim Peterik who wrote and produced for him the acclaimed album "Crossroads Moment". On the heels of this superb release, Jimi toured Europe a few times and culminated with an appearance at the popular Firefest in the UK in 2011.
In the meanwhile Jamison started to work together with Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Mrtensson (W.E.T., Eclipse etc), who had met "virtually" while working on the successful Kimball Jamison duet album to which Mrtensson had contributed with some songwriting. They started laying down the foundations for a new solo album backed immediately by the enthusiasm of Frontiers Records President, Serafino Perugino.

The release took a good part of 2011 and 2012 to be completed, but the final results shine! This is truly a monumental Melodic Rock album, where a stunning contemporary Melodic Rock songwriting meets Jamison's stunning vocal abilities and a massive production. This album rocks really hard at times; that's probably the heaviest Jamison has ever been involved with since the times of Cobra. Still the melodies are going to haunt you and stay in your mind for a long time.
"The songs on this cd are truly some of the strongest of my career" says Jamison. "It's a great pleasure to have songs with such power and ballads with such truth and feeling. It makes it easy to realize the emotion in each vocal. This is my favorite cd to date and "The Air I Breathe" is the most magic song for me. A track like this only comes along once in a while. Erik really hit the mark here. Brilliant writing."
Get ready for a monster of an album and a true Melodic Rock masterpiece!

Never Too Late tracklisting includes: Everybody's Got A Broken Heart; The Great Unknown; Never Too Late; I Can't Turn Back; Street Survivor; The Air I Breathe; Not Tonight; Calling The Game; Bullet In The Gun; Heaven Call Your Name; Walk On (Wildest Dreams).
The first single off the album the title track "Never Too Late" - can be streamed in full on the Frontiers webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio.

Jimi Jamison: Jimi Jamison - Lead Vocals; Erik Mrtensson - Lead & Rhythm Guitar. Bass, Keyboards & Backing Vocals; Magnus Ulfstedt - Drums; Jonas ijvall - Hammond B3, Piano & Analog Synthesizers; Magnus Henriksson - Lead Guitar on "Street Survivor" & "Heaven Call Your Name".

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JOE LYNN TURNER COMMENTS ONE LAST TIME!:
Before this gets all a little silly, let's have one final post on the Joe Lynn Turner story this week. I've spoken to Joe...Joe has spoken to Gier @ Norway Rocks Magazine...I've spoken to Gier! And the upshot of it all is that the original interview is a case of "lost in the translation" and Joe speaking of artists he'd love to work with one day.
Joe sent me one final comment to add: "The current rumor about Carmine Appice, Michael Anthony and myself is just that...a rumor!...the actual facts were a "misunderstanding" by all parties concerned and a post was made with no ill intention. If and when a formation of a band of this nature is confirmed I will inform the media ASAP! Thank you all for your support and understanding!" ~ Joe Lynn Turner.

ARTISTDIRECT PREMIERES PAPA ROACH 'BEFORE I DIE' AND BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO:
Artistdirect premiered a new Papa Roach song Before I Die (bit.ly/R2ZTzu) and a behind the scenes video yesterday, off of their upcoming album The Connection (October 2, Eleven Seven Music).
Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix had been diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal chord. At the advice of his physician, he underwent corrective surgery to remove the nodule and prevent further damage. "It's no secret that I've been having issues with my voice lately. I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it," Shaddix said. "The last thing we want to do is give our fans less than 100% every night. We know they'll understand and we'll be back better than ever."
"It was amazing having Papa Roach on the road with us for the first few UPROAR shows. We're disappointed that they can't continue for the rest of the tour, but Jacoby's health is the priority and we wish him a speedy recovery," says Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival co-producer John Oakes. The band assures fans that Shaddix is expected to make a complete recovery. Touring plans for this fall are not expected to be affected.
Known for their electrifying and explosive live shows, Papa Roach have become the common denominator for some of the most successful rock tours in recent years and have critics worldwide hailing them as "the best live band." With their feet firmly planted in over 10 years of multi-format success, Papa Roach's Time For Annihilation...On the Record and On the Road (Eleven Seven Music, August 2010) debuted as the #1 Independent Rock, #23 Top 200, #4 Hard Rock and #5 Alternative Album on Billboard's charts. The album's singles, "Kick in the Teeth" and "Burn" both remained in the Top 5 at the active rock radio format for over 8 weeks straight, joining 8 additional Top10 hits throughout the band's career with songs such as "Last Resort" and "Scars."
WebLinks: www.paparoach.com / www.facebook.com/paparoach / www.myspace.com/paparoach.

BCC CANCEL JUST ANNOUNCED UK GIG:
Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group featuring Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), today announced that their only UK concert at the Wolverhampton Civic on Saturday January 5th has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Planet Rock Radio launched a 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 19th September. Customers who purchased tickets will receive a full refund, however if you have any queries, please email customerservice@eventim.co.uk.
The one-off concert was originally intended to be Black Country Communion's only UK appearance in 2013. The band chose Wolverhampton due to their geographical and spiritual ties to the area (Glenn Hughes was born in Cannock, Jason Bonham was born in Dudley).
In 2011, Black Country Communion's last studio album, "2", scored the No.1 spot in the Official UK Rock Album Chart. The band's upcoming third album Afterglow, produced by Kevin Shirley, will be released in the UK by Mascot Records on Monday October 29th.

ASHENT NEW TRACK STREAMING ON YOUTUBE:
Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent are proud to announce their first official music video for the track "Magnification Of A Daydream" is streaming now at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhZYP2Kcwyk.
Taken from Ashent's new album "Inheritance" out 21 September 2012 on Lion Music, the video, directed by Francesco Sogaro with the precious collaboration of Valeria Battain is a conceptualised part live performance/part dramatisation perfectly representing the tracks vision. "Inheritance" marks Ashent's third album and welcomes three new members - Titta Tani (Goblin, Daemonia, ex-Necrophagia, ex-DGM), Gilles Boscolo on keyboards and Alessandro Cossu on second guitar - to the band. Full information on the album can be found at www.lionmusic.com/cd/inheritance.htm.

MRX UPDATED:
New to MRX this week is a very cool treat for fans - 12 unreleased original Demos from the last Mecca album as donated by Joe Vana. These are first take demos for several of the songs that appear on the Undeniable album!
Also featured is a fantastic unreleased AOR album from 1989 by female singer/songwriter Amy Sky and another very special killer live show (16 tracks) from Aussie rockers Icehouse - Live From The Gorgeous Festival, Australia 2011.
Join MRX and check those out now!

Next week @ MR - REVIEWS! And then more reviews and some new CD Showcases also. And reviews of course!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

JOE LYNN TURNER ON THAT SUPERGROUP STORY:
Joe Lynn Turner has sent out this official comment on news that I broke here Monday about a planned new supergroup:

"On September 17, 2012, reports were posted on various websites with what appeared to be "official news" from Ex-Rainbow/Deep Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner (JLT) and Ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice about a new band/project with Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot). Both Appice and Turner have officially dismissed this news as a rumor.
The musicians said that there was never any press release sent out by either of their media representatives or their record companies. While both of them agree that they have had casual conversations about musicians they would like to work with, including Michael Anthony, this news of the formation of a "supergroup" is not official or confirmed.

Turner admits, "Carmine and I are longtime friends and we have talked over the years about working together on future projects. These are conversations musicians like us often have all the time. These conversations are not "official news" it is just casual talk. Like many artists, we exchange ideas about people we would like to work with if given the chance. Names like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Michael Anthony are all musicians we both admire but we never released any official news stating that we were planning to launch this so-called supergroup."
Turner and Appice would like to specifically apologize to bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) and his fans for any confusion this rumor or any casual conversations might have caused.

Appice confirms, "We had nothing to do with the publishing of any of this news about this project and neither of us talked to any journalists or media people "on the record" about a possible supergroup. Having said all this, Joe and I have worked together in the past and can't rule out the possibility of working together in the future."

Ok, well folks...I don't just make this stuff up or print anything just for the fun of it. And the news I did print was prefaced with "rumors in the air". What I have done is seek to clarify very clearly where my information came from. I'll let people draw their own conclusions.
Below is an excerpt from an official on the record interview with Joe Lynn Turner for Norway Rocks Magazine, which will be published in their NOVEMBER edition.

Norway Rocks: Speaking of Mothers Army, I interviewed Carmine last year, and he said that you have contributed to his biography, which, as far as I know, still haven't come out.
JLT: I've just emailed Carmine, because Frontiers...Here's something hot and new for you, and you can give this out as a kind of spin...they want us to do this supergroup. So we just got a call in to Michael Anthony from Van Halen to play bass. So it'll be me and Carmine and maybe him. There's a couple of guitar players that we really wanted who are busy - Doug Aldrich was busy - so we're still trying to put it together, we need a great guitar player with marquee value...we'll probably just be a three piece, or a four piece - a Zeppy kinda thing.
NR: Wow, interesting!
JLT: Yeah, that's gonna be cool - you got the first bite of that one, by the way.
NR: Will you be recording any time this year, you think?
JLT: I don't know yet, because we are still forming the band. And everytime we turn around, someone is busy or someone is... we need to get the right people in.

HEART ADD WALK OF FAME STAR TO THEIR RESUME:
Ann and Nancy Wilson will be honored with their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, September 25, at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard. Their star will be unveiled in front of the Musician's Institute. "This location is a coveted spot for many Rock n' Rollers and these ladies will join the likes of bands Journey and Motley Crue who also have stars on that property. We are thrilled with this latest star addition as many young, aspiring female rockers look up to these legendary ladies of Rock n' Roll", stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies.
Who: Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart / Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler / Guest Speakers: Alice and Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez and Rita Wilson / WHAT: 2,481st Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording / Where: 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Musician's Institute / When: September 25, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. / This ceremony will be live video-streamed at www.WalkofFame.com.

ANBERLIN'S NEW ALBUM 'VITAL' SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 16:
In support of their upcoming album Vital, Florida five-piece Anberlin has been tapped to support iconic rockers The Smashing Pumpkins for select dates in October. Beginning the jaunt on October 2 in Winnipeg, Canada, the tour will continue through October 20 in Minneapolis. Releasing their sixth album Vital on October 16th, the album is now available for pre-order with an exclusive track via iTunes.

The members of Anberlin spent time penning music individually before heading into the studio with long-time producer Aaron Sprinkle. The band, which has always embraced the spirit of collaboration and democratic input, fostered an environment for all voices to rise to the surface, most recently notable in that of Nate, who wrote the basis of four songs that appear on Vital. The musician says, "I started trying different stuff stuff what we normally wouldn't do and some of it stuck really well and some didn't. I would get the gist of something and send it to Christian, Joey or Stephen just to get their opinion and we'd work from that. I just got inspired and wanted to do more than just play drums."
Nate's ideas joined those of the other band members and Anberlin laid down the album over two sessions earlier this year, the first in Seattle and second in Nashville. Sprinkle, who helmed the group's first three albums, helped fuse the band's new predilections with past tendencies, building on his previous work with Anberlin. "We thought that with all we'd learned working with Aaron now seemed like perfect timing," Stephen explains. "Now that we know exactly who Anberlin is, now that we know exactly where we want to go in the future. We just felt like it was the perfect time to work with him again."
The resulting album reflects its title, refracting all is essential about Anberlin ten years and six albums into their career. Disc opener "Self-Starter," a propulsive rocker pairs hard-hitting instrumentals with a surging melody. Another album standout, "Orpheum," best reveals Anberlin's collaborative spirit. Hoping to augment the number with chorus vocals the band put out a plea online for fans to submit YouTube videos of themselves singing, and in the end, four fans crafted the choral backdrop to the song. Although much of the album perpetuates Anberlin's smashing rock songs, all facets of the band are showcased, particularly on "Innocent," an electro-tinged ballad that almost didn't make the record. "Anberlin hadn't really experimented that much with those kind of beats," Stephen says of the song. "And yet it ended up on the record. So even though this is our sixth record it may be one of the most creative ones that we've ever put out."
It's up to you to interpret how the meaning of Vital's title applies to this album and to the band itself. For a group that has sold over a million records, toured the globe extensively and landed 2008's single "Feel Good Drag" at No. 1 on Alt Radio and stayed on the chart for 59 weeks, there is a lot to sort through when determining the elemental aspects of Anberlin. For the musicians, though, success is measured mostly by longevity, something they credit their fans for. "I think the biggest testament of Anberlin is just how long we've been around," Nate concludes. "We've always joked around that Anberlin is going slow and steady to win the race. I'm thankful that I feel like we're actually at that point where we're a real band."

JOURNEY TO HEADLINE "ONE NIGHT ONE SHOW ONE CAUSE BENEFIT" OCTOBER 14:
Iconic rock band Journey will headline the 13th Annual Paul Reed Smith Guitars' "One Night One Show One Cause Benefit" concert presented by The Baltimore Sun Media Group on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore, Maryland.
Real Housewives TV starlet Michaele Salahi will host a VIP pre-concert event, the "Journey of Hope Fashion Show". No stranger to the runway, Michaele has both hosted and modeled in numerous high profile fashion shows to including the Annual Rock the Runway Fashion Show on the National Mall and several Tommy Hilfiger - Fashion Fights MS Fashion Shows benefiting multiple sclerosis.
Months ago, Paul Reed Smith contacted renowned guitarist Neal Schon to ask if Neal could secure Journey for this year's benefit. Neal immediately seized the opportunity to launch his vision of integrating his music with Michaele Salahi's fashion background to make this year's benefit a memorable event and to raise even more money for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

The VIP Fashion Show will be produced by acclaimed fashion event producer Pamela DePalma of DePalma Enterprises; hairstyles for the "Journey of Hope Fashion Show" will be created by celebrity hairstylist Kristan Serafino; makeup by Robyn Tamura; and celebrity fashion expert Chamisa Lamm is styling the show featuring clothing from Andrew Charles & Baltimore's own Boutique 1017. New Yorkbased DJ, Charles Browne, will be spinning throughout the pre-party and fashion show.
A live auction will feature signature PRS Guitars autographed and donated by music royalty such as Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, Mark Tremonti, Slash, Taylor Swift and more.
Beverages will be provided by American Harvest Organic Spirit, with catering by Harriet Dopkin of the Classic Catering People.

Seats begin at $75. VIP tickets at $250, $500, $1000 and includes premier seating and access to VIP Pre-party. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit the The Lyric's Web site. All proceeds to benefit the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
"One Night One Show One Cause Benefit" is the flagship benefit concert of PRS Guitars. Since 2000, PRS Guitars has raised more than $2 million for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. The Living with Cancer Resource Program offers supportive care programming and education to cancer patients and families at Johns Hopkins - free of charge. Johns Hopkins is recognized as a global leader in the fight against cancer.
For more information, visit journeymusic.com.

INTRODUCING ADDICTION FOR DESTRUCTION:
Los Angeles, CA Moscow-based rock band Addiction for Destruction will be internationally releasing its debut full-length record, Neon Light Resurrection, on September 25. The 10-track album will introduce the world to the two-year old band and its brand of sleazy hard rock.
"It was a big experience for all of us. Sometimes it was a hard work, sometimes funny things happened. But it was school for us to work with such professionals. It's a magical process to see and to hear how songs appear from demo tapes," said D. McKay, A.F.D. bass player. "For me, the whole album is like a mosaic where every element works with other one. I love all the songs."
Addiction for Destruction was formed in Moscow by McKay and drummer Antony Nabo. Both had been playing locally in both metal and punk bands, but found common ground in a love for the late 1980s Sunset Strip glam rockers and Scandinavian sleaze from the 2000s. Sharing in those influences were singer Tom Spice and guitarist Danny, who completed the first incarnation of A.F.D. They immediately started to play club shows and quickly became the premiere local sleaze band. In 2010, A.F.D. released a four-song EP which expanded the band's visibility across Russia.
2011, with Krock taking over on drums, saw A.F.D. on a cross-Russia and Ukraine tour, and later, the release of the single and video for Feelin' Fine, which sold all over the world. With the addition of Henning N. Nielsen from Denmark to replace Danny on guitar, Neon Light Resurrection was completed in mid-2012 and picked up by R.W.A. Music Company for release.

Neon Light Resurrection Track List: 1. My Resistance 2. Rock N Roll To You 3. On My Needle 4. Neon Light Resurrection 5. Nervous Breakdown 6. Jane Is Insane 7. Jaded Heart 8. Feelin Fine 9. Can't Wait 10. (I Don't Care) You're Nothing.
Track Clips: soundcloud.com/r-w-a-music-company-ltd/addiction-for-destruction-neon / www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67GV9-TWws / www.afd-official.com.

PAT TRAVERS - BLUES ON FIRE, EUROPEAN TOUR:
Pat Travers has gone back to the blues for his 2012 solo release and this time he's going back to the old-time standards that helped shape the sound of modern blues. Blues On Fire features songs that date back to the 1920's and were part of the era that would become known as "the birth of the blues." The twelve covers on the album are modern interpretations of the eight-decade old standards with gritty vocals and even grittier guitars. There are acoustic-led numbers on display and some piano and organ runs to add to the various shades of blues, but this is a new rock-edged slant on classic old-blues. The opening number, the rag time blues of Blind Arthur Blake's 'Black Dog Blues' gets a great raw and riffing makeover and is the lead-off single from the album.
'Meat Shakin' Woman' (by the great rag time guitarist Blind Boy Fuller) gets a similar, punchy rock and roll update while the slower side of the blues is represented by 'Back Water Blues,' made famous by Bessie Smith. There's not many great names from the pioneering blues era that Pat Travers doesn't pay homage to over the twelve tracks 'You Can't Get That Stuff No More' is a fun and funky blues take of the Georgia Tom Dorsey and Tampa Red classic while Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Willie McTell are acknowledged via 'Easy Rider Blues' and 'Dark Night Blues,' respectively.
The album was recorded by Pat and drummer/ producer Sean Shannon at Sean's MonsterMix studio in Florida. For those that would like to follow their main course of old-blues flamb with some all-new Travers desert, the four-track Dogs & Guitars EP is also available.
The EP features 'Waiting on the End of Time' and it's classic Pat Travers. The melodic, mid-tempo guitar-driven number reflects on past teenage days, ten bucks in your pocket and the highway of life ahead of you.
Dogs & Guitars can be ordered direct from the official Pat Travers website and will be sent out individually numbered and signed by Pat.

Blues, Guitars and Dogs what more could you ask for? Well how about a European tour through September and October, which includes the band's first UK dates in four years and shows in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Austria.

Thursday 20th September: Amstelveen, Netherlands. Venue: P60
Friday 21st September: Sneek, Netherlands. Venue: Bolwerk
Saturday 22nd September: Zoetermeer, Netherlands. Venue: Boerderij
Sunday 23rd September: Weert, Netherlands. Venue: Muziekcentrum De Bosuil
Tuesday 25th September: Verviers, Belgium. Venue: Spirit of '66
Wednesday 27th September: Sutton, UK. Venue: Boom Boom Club
Friday 28th September: Derby, UK. Venue: The Flowerpot
Saturday 29th September: Doncaster, UK. Venue: The Dome
Sunday 30th September: Edinburgh, UK. Venue: The Caves
Monday 1st October: Swaledale, UK. Venue: Buck Hotel
Tuesday 2nd October: Grimsby, UK. Venue: Yardbirds
Wednesday 3rd October: Milton Keynes, UK. Venue: The Stables
Thursday 4th October: Chislehurst, UK. Venue: Beaverwood Club
Tuesday 9th October: Bremen, Germany. Venue: Meisenfrei Blues Club
Wednesday 10th October: Uebach Palenberg, Germany. Venue: Outbaix Musicclub
Thursday 11th October: Hanover, Germany. Venue: Bluesgarage
Saturday 13th October: Sala, Sweden. Venue: Rockland
Tuesday 16th October: Munich, Germany. Venue: Backstage
Wednesday 17th October: Furth, Germany. Venue: Koffeylea Brik
Thursday 18th October: Vienna, Austria. Venue: Reigen
Check Pollstar for complete schedule, venue listings and updates: www.pollstar.com/resultsArtist.aspx?ID=26071&SortBy=Date&SearchBy=pat%20travers / www.pattravers.com.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MARTIN TURNER AND BULLET ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 20th September 21:00-23:00 UK time, repeated Saturday 23rd September 08:00-10:00 UK Time) features an exclusive interview with Martin Turner. In order to give listeners a taste of Martin's recently released autobiography, "No Easy Road", the interview features Martin's recollections of touring with or encountering many legendary Rock bands and artists, including ZZ Top, The Who, Aerosmith and Joe Walsh, along with his choice of song from each band/artist, and a selection of tracks from Wishbone Ash and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash.
And in the second hour of the show, Hampus Klang, guitarist with Swedish rockers Bullet, described as a cross between Accept and AC/DC, talks about the band's 10 years of paying their dues, supporting their heroes AC/DC, and recent signing to Nuclear Blast records for new release "Full Pull", with 2 songs from the album.
The show also features a mix of classic tracks and killer new cuts from AC/DC, Pride of Lions, Sound Storm, Angra, Accept, Pat Travers, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy and more, and will be available online for streaming from Friday 21st September at www.mixcloud.com/richdav1.

THE KINGS OF CHRISTMAS WANT YOU:
The group The Kings of Christmas, made up of four longtime vocalists from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (including Tommy Farese of Place Called Rage), are planning their upcoming North American Christmas tour, and they are looking for input from fans as they draw up their tour plans and book theaters. This is the press release they released today:

Hello All! To our ever-growing KOC Family, We are sorry to have disappeared for so long, but we continue to work night and day on this immense project We still have plans to bring you an Incredible Show this year, but we have to know where you are!!!
We need every one of You, and your own Family and Friends, to Make your presence known! Post your city, state, zip and a kind word here on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thekingsofchristmas) or TheKingsofChristmas.com message board (www.thekingsofchristmas.com).
Your outpouring of support until now has been Phenomenal and appreciated, so help us make the final push to Success! We're looking for a Tidal Wave!!!
The Kings of Christmas are: TSO vocalists Tommy Farese (Place Called Rage, TSO), Guy LeMonnier (TSO) , Anthony Gaynor (TSO) and Michael Lanning (JIVA, TSO).

TOUR BRIEFS:
Sister Sin has toured with Doro throughout Europe and are now bringing their united metal mission to North America. Front-woman Liv Jagrell couldn't be happier and comments on the upcoming experience. "We've been waiting a long time to get back to the US and to tour with one of my all-time idols is just a dream come true. We are so happy to get on the road again and see all of our fans out there. We're ready to give them a good ol' time of rock 'n' roll! We will be promoting our new album Now and Forever that we are all extremely proud of." www.facebook.com/sistersinofficial.

After the most successful Axel Rudi Pell-tour ever in April / May this year and the breathtaking summer shows at the "Sweden Rock", "Rock Of Ages" and "Wacken" festivals, the band is still on fire and more than ready to rock the stages again in October! Come and see the shows on the second leg of the "Circle Of The Oath" tour and celebrate together with the band! The first 30 people entering the venue, will receive a free single CD, including "Before I Die / Where The Wild Waters Flow", in EVERY city the band will play!
Watch the live clip of the song "Rock The Nation" filmed at the "Rock Of Ages Festival" on July 28 and get your tickets NOW, before it will be too late. You can find the clip here: youtu.be/nfMZYN24xuw.

Lord Volture recently kicked-off the Metal Messiah European Tour with Tim Ripper Owens and Sandstone. Lord Volture continue the tour in October with two shows in Spain, two shows in France and a final show in the town of Wervik inBelgium. This last show is a private party, but Lord Volture can bring a limited number of people. So, if you want to come to Wervik on October 10th to see the final show of Tim Ripper Owens, Sandstone and Lord Volture, send an email to info@lordvolture.com and we'll get you in as long as tickets last. Be quick!
Metal Messiah European Tour
05.10.2012 La Vaca Ponferrada ES
06.10.2012 La Hacienda O Rosal ES
08.10.2012 Le Ferrailleur Nantes FR
09.10.2012 Blue Devils Bar Arras FR
10.10.2012 Onder Den Toren Wervik BE
WebLinks: www.lordvolture.com / www.facebook.com/lordvolture.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ROCK ICON RICK SPRINGFIELD TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM ON FRONTIERS RECORDS IN EUROPE:
For all his accomplishments as an actor, a best-selling author and the subject of a recent documentary, Rick Springfield's first love has always been music, since the first time he picked up a guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia. That passion for writing and performing songs, as well as playing guitar, comes through loud and clear on his new album, Songs for the End of the World which gets a European release on Frontiers Records on November 2.
Collaborating on songs like the three-chord rocker "I Hate Myself," the anthemic "Our Ship's Sinking," "Love Screws Me Up" and "Depravity" with his bass player Matt Bissonette, Springfield sets his sights on the possibilities of escaping the current, apocalyptic world situation in our closest relationships. In doing so, he employs the kind of self-effacement and ability to poke fun at himself as he demonstrated when putting his dog Lethal Ron on the cover of Working Class Dog or spoofing his image by playing a sleazy, drug-and-sex-crazed version of himself on Showtime's dark comedy Californication. John Waite and Mr. Mister's Richard Page appear as backup vocalists, along with Rick's original guitarist, Tim Pierce, who hasn't played on record with him since 1999's Karma.

"There's real feeling in it, but you can't write about that stuff too seriously," he says of his sometimes tongue-in-cheek approach to serious subjects. "In the end, it's about the world in flam